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European public services committee raises concerns about CETA

Calls on European Commission to respect public services in its negotiations.

Castex: Public services exempt from free trade agreement, not at risk of international competition.June 15, 2011: The public services committee or "intergroup" of the European Parliament has come out strongly in favour of Canada's public services. Its recent news release entitled "Long live Canadian public services!" raises concerns about CETA, the proposed Canada EU trade agreement, and the precedent it sets to include all services in the deal.

"Public services are not like other services," said Chair of the Public Services Intergroup Fran├žoise Castex. "Their exemption from international free trade agreements removes the risk of their being subject to international competition."

Castex called on the European Commission to respect this precedent in its negotiations.

The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the largest union federation in the European Union, has been actively lobbying Parliament in support of public services in light of CETA negotiations. EPSU represents eight million public service workers in more than 250 unions.

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Posted: June 28, 2011

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