Writing in Dagens Industri (DI), Daniel Suhonen and Rikard Allvin from Katalys, address the Riksdag’s vote for a CETA agreement between the EU and Canada, which takes place next month. They write that the Social Democrats do not seem to realise that their proposal means that before long Sweden could be sued by Canadian investors.
“CETA is no regular trade deal. Lowering duties is uncontroversial but what is a cause of concern is the parts of the agreement that bind Sweden to maintain implemented privatisations, both existing and future. And if that was not enough, Canadian investors are given the opportunity to sue Sweden outside of the national courts if we, for example, legislate to boost climate efforts or reregulate education and welfare. Despite this, the agreement under the “free trade flag” has sailed by both parliamentary committees and newsrooms without an eyebrow being raised,” they write.
They urge the Social Democrats to rethink whether CETA is the right way forward.
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