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Lives: How the EU & Canada Are Using CETA as Backdoor Mechanism To Revive ACTA - Michael Geist -
July 9, 2012
"The European Commission strategy appears to be to use CETA as the new ACTA, burying its provisions in a broader Canadian trade agreement with the hope that the European Parliament accepts the same provisions it just rejected with the ACTA framework. If successful, it would likely then argue that ACTA poses no new concerns since the same rules were approved within the Canadian trade deal. The backdoor ACTA approach creates enormous risks for Canada's trade ambitions. Given the huge anti-ACTA movement, the Canada - EU trade deal could face widespread European opposition with CETA becoming swept up in similar protests." -
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