The following consolidated text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was released publicly by the European Commission on September 26, 2014.
Consolidated CETA Text
- 1634 pages
- September 26, 2014
- 6.47 MB
The text of the CETA agreement is made public here exclusively for information purposes. The text presented in this document is the text at the end of the negotiations conducted by the European Commission. It will be subject to legal revision in order to verify the internal consistency and to ensure that the formulations of the negotiating results are legally sound. It will thereafter be transmitted to the Council of the European Union and to the European Parliament for ratification. The text presented in this document is not binding under international law and will only become so after the completion of the ratification process.
DESIRE to further strengthen their close economic relationship and build on their respective rights and obligations under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization and other multilateral and bilateral instruments of cooperation;
CREATE an expanded and secure market for their goods and services through the reduction or elimination of barriers to trade and investment;
ESTABLISH clear, transparent and predictable mutually advantageous rules to govern their trade and investment;
REAFFIRMING their commitment to promote sustainable development and the development of international trade in such a way as to contribute to sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions;
DETERMINED to implement this Agreement in a manner consistent with the enhancement of the levels of labour and environmental protection and the enforcement of their labour and environmental laws and policies, building on their international commitments on labour and environment matters;
ENCOURAGE enterprises operating within their territory or subject to their jurisdiction to respect internationally recognized standards and principles of corporate social responsibility, notably the OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises and to pursue best practices of responsible business conduct;
RECOGNIZING that the protection of investments, and investors with respect to their investments, stimulates mutually beneficial business activity;
RECOGNIZING the importance of international security, democracy, human rights and the rule of law for the development of international trade and economic cooperation;
REAFFIRMING their strong attachment to democracy and to fundamental rights as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and sharing the view that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction poses a major threat to international security;
RECOGNIZING that the provisions of this Agreement preserve the right to regulate within their territories and resolving to preserve their flexibility to achieve legitimate policy objectives, such as public health, safety, environment, public morals and the promotion and protection of cultural diversity; and
AFFIRMING their commitments as Parties to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and recognizing that states have the right to preserve, develop and implement their cultural policies, and to support their cultural industries for the purpose of strengthening the diversity of cultural expressions, and preserving their cultural identity, including through the use of regulatory measures and financial support.
RECOGNIZING the strong link between innovation and trade, and the importance of innovation to future economic growth, Canada and the European Union affirm their commitment to encourage the expansion of cooperation in the area of innovation, as well as the related areas of research and development, and science and technology, and promoting the involvement of relevant public and private sector entities;
HAVE AGREED as follows: