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EU Provides Update On Ongoing Free Trade Talks

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

26 January 2017

The European Parliament has provided an update on the trade agreements under negotiation by the EU.

Parliament's International Trade Committee on January 24 voted in favor of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. Parliament as a whole is expected to vote on the deal in next month's plenary session.

In an update, Parliament said that CETA "is far from the only deal the EU is working with." It explained that negotiations have been concluded in a number of cases, with talks finalized with Ecuador, Singapore, Vietnam, West Africa, and the East African Community. These agreements have yet to enter into force.

In Asia, negotiations with Malaysia are "about halfway, but most difficult issues remain to be resolved." Four negotiation rounds have been held with both Thailand and Myanmar, but no new rounds have been scheduled in either case. A negotiation round with Indonesia is taking place currently, and the next round with the Philippines will take place in February. There is a possibility that the agreement with Japan could be concluded in early 2017, Parliament said.

A second negotiation round for an agreement with Mexico will be held in early April, and separate talks will take place in Buenos Aires in March.

The update noted that the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the US has "proved very controversial due to concerns over product standards and the resolution of investment disputes." It explained that there have been 15 rounds of negotiations since July 2013, with the latest round taking place in October 2016.

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The Basis for Investment Litigation (the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Canada-China Investment Treaty, et al); Suing the Global Corporate Economy.

'The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of America, the Trans-Pacific nations, the EU, Canada, China, et al
The harmless Canadian NON-shareholders, et al, both; Native & non- Native'.

1) The most vulnerable Aboriginal Canadian community members (95% - 99% of Aboriginal Canadians), et al, are being deprived of the due diligence information regarding the criteria for ascertaining the health & robustness of an Native Canadian community's economy.

2) A psychologist agreed that there is a relationship between theDEPRIVATION of the aforementioned information
the unconscionably high rates of SUICIDES, etc. that are found in many of the Aboriginal communities across Canada.

3) As a consequence of being deprived of the aforementioned information the most vulnerable Aboriginal Canadian community members, et al, are entitled to be Compensated as per The W.A.D. Accord.

4) The most vulnerable NON-Aboriginal Canadian community members (95% - 99% of NON-Aboriginal Canadians) are being deprived of the information regarding the most vulnerable Aboriginal community members' deprivation the aforementioned criteria
are forced to pay billions for the NON-criteria based Native enterprises that are unhealthy & which prevent the most vulnerable Native community members from obtaining the benefits of their robust economies.

5) As a means of avoiding, &/or, diluting any, &/or, all of corporate Canada's contribution to the aforementioned Compensation, corporate Canada is, & will continue, to pay considerations (lobbying) to the government of Canada via the executives of the political parties operating in Canada, et al, to promote the development of the superseding secret Tribunals of the present treaty 'arrangements' which have been designed to punitively punish the harmless Canadians non-shareholders, both; Native & non Native, for allegedly encumbering corporate Canada, its associates and their shareholders (ie. The Global Corporate Economy) from the potential profits that might be derived from the development of the natural resources that are continuing to be found in Canada.

6) As corporate Canada & its shareholders, the government of Canada, the executives of the political parties that are operating in Canada, et al, are;
A) depriving the harmless non-shareholders of Canada, China, the USA, the EU, the Trans Pacific nations, et al, of the risks associates with the treaty 'arrangements', such as; being forced to pay any & all of the punitive damages of the trade Tribunals,
B) depriving the harmless shareholders & corporate leaders of the USA, the EU, the Trans-Pacific nations, et al, of the risks associates with the treaty 'arrangements', such as; being forced to pay any & all of the punitive damages of the trade Tribunals,
C) have not conducted their due diligence investigations of the risks involved with development of the superseding tribunals in order that corporate Canada, et al, can share their information with the non-shareholders, et al,
D) are preventing the RCMP, et al, from conducting investigations of the aforementioned risks by way of more political interference,
E) et al,

corporate Canada & its shareholders, et al, are liable.

To Access more of the Relevant Reference Material:
A) The W.A.D. Accord (aka; The Australian Question),
B) 'The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued',
C) Excerpts from 'The Submission' to The Supreme Court of Canada:
'The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of AMERICA, the Trans-Pacific nations, the EU, Canada, et al
v. The harmless Canadian NON shareholders, et al, both; Native & non Native'.
For the FULL 'Submission',
see; The Supreme Court of Canada,
or, contact David E.H. Smith at:

David E.H. Smith on Thursday, January 26, 2017