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Zij wijzen op het zeer brede verzet bij de Europese bevolking en de zeer brede waaier van middenveld organisaties tegen de vrijhandels- en investeringsakkoorden en vragen hem consequent te handelen met de vele twijfels over deze akkoorden die hij eerder publiek formuleerde. Wij publiceren de integrale tekst van de aan hem gerichte brief.

H.E. Christian Kern Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria October 6, 2016 Federal Chancellery Ballhausplatz 2 1010 Vienna Austria

Your Excellency, Chancellor Kern

We, the undersigned, wish to commend you on the concern you have expressed at the potential negative impacts of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, and we call on you to vote against the ratification of the agreement when it comes before the General Affairs Council of the European Union this month. You are aware of the huge concern that exists across Europe as to the unprecedented new powers that will be granted to North American businesses as a result of trade deals such as CETA and the parallel Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and USA:

• A record 3.5 million people have signed the European Initiative against CETA and TTIP, from all 28 EU member states.

• The European Trade Union Confederation, representing 45 million workers across Europe, has confirmed its outright opposition to CETA.

• The European Public Service Union, representing 8 million European public service workers, has called for the rejection of CETA over its threat to public services.

• National and regional parliaments in Belgium, France, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania have raised serious concerns relating to CETA that could block its ratification at the national level.

• The SPÖ’s sister party in the UK, the Labour Party, has just reaffirmed its opposition to any form of investment court system in EU trade agreements, including CETA.

Recent initiatives undertaken to ease the passage of CETA through the ratification process have done nothing to address the fundamental concerns as to the agreement’s negative aspects. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has confirmed that the binding declaration proposed to ‘clarify’ certain issues in CETA will do nothing to alter the text of the agreement. That declaration will be unable, therefore, to address our concerns as to the substance of CETA.

The introduction of the proposed Investment Court System means that CETA will still grant North American investors the right to sue democratically elected European governments in their own privileged judicial system.

The proposal presented to the EU’s Trade Policy Committee on 16 September for provisional application of CETA means that substantial parts of this highly controversial agreement will still be brought into force before the democratic process of national ratification has run its course. We commend your repeated statements of concern as to the potential negative impacts of CETA, and we call on you to defend the rights and interests of the people of Europe from the threats posed by CETA by voting against the ratification of the agreement.

Yours sincerely,

European and International Networks

Alter Summit European Network against Health commercialisation Food & Water Europe Friends of the Earth Europe Greenpeace Health and Trade Network Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (Europe) SumOfUs

Canadian Organisations

Council of Canadians Common Frontiers National Union of Public and General Employees Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale  (RQIC) Trade Justice Network

European Organisations

2B Fair Foundation Aitec AEFJN Akademie an der Steilküste Aktionsbündnis No Moor Fracking,  Alliance D19-20 (Belgium), Amandamaji ry Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (AbL) , Asociaţia România Vie / Romania Alive Society, Attac Bizkaia , Attac Finland;  Attac France,  Attac Ireland,  Attac Spain, Berliner Wassertisch,  BI Fracking freies Hessen n.e.V. ,BI lebenswertes Korbach e.V., Biodynamiske Forbrugere Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) e. V. / Friends of the Earth Germany, Bürgerinitiative FrackingFreies Hamburg, Bürgerinitiative Havixbeck, BürgerInneninitiative Umweltschutz Uelzen, Campaña estatal "No al TTIP, CETA y TiSA" (España) - 340 organisations Citizen's Initiative "Saubere Umwelt & Energie Altmark" , Civilna iniciativa za sLOVEnijo in svOboDO,  CNE (Belgium), Collectif Roosevelt,  Compassion in World Farming Comunitatea Uniţi Salvăm / United We Save Community, Confederación Intersindical, Confédération paysanne Confédération paysanne PACA, Corporate Europe Observatory, de-clic.ro, Ecologistas en Acción, Ekumenická , akademie Emmaus Aurinkotehdas ry, EQUO Europe and we Association Federation of Independent Trade Unions in Education – FSIE, FGTB Wallonne, Food & Water Europe, Forebyggelses- og Patientrådet, Forum Umwelt & Entwicklung; Foundation for environment and agriculture, Frente Civico Somos Mayoría - Valencia Friends of the Earth, Denmark Friends of the Earth, Finland Friends of the Earth, Ireland Fundacion Mundubat, Fundacja Kuźnia Kampanierów, Fundacja Strefa Zieleni, Gemeinnütziger Umweltschutzverein pro grün e.V. Paderborn, Global Justice Now, GRAIN Hazards Campaign Initiative stopp TTIP BGL/TS, Intersindical Valenciana, Kehys - The Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU, Klimaat -en vredesactiegroep Pimpampoentje, KMU gegen TTIP Germany,  Les Amis de la Terre,  Links Ecologisch Forum - Forum Gauche Ecologie (Belgium), Maattomien ystävät ry May Day,  Mehr Demokratie e.V. ,  LV Hamburg,  MES - Mouvement pour l'Economie Solidaire,  Milieudefensie, Mouvement Utopia, National Justice & Peace Network, Nature Friends Greece, New Wind Association ONEJ,  Pah valencia Plataforma No al TTIP-CETA, d'Elx PowerShift e.V. Puntarji Slovenije, Rettet den Regenwald e. V., Solidary Bulgaria, StopTTIP UK, Spain, France, Belgium, Romania, Spain, Czech Republic, Finland Spain Bulgaria Romania  Denmark, Germany, Bulgaria,  Denmark, STV Som Energia Valencia, Transnational Institute (TNI), TTIP Network Finland, UFISC - Union fédérale d'Intervention des Structures Culturelles Umanotera, USTEA (Unión de Sindicatos de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores en Andalucía), War on Want, Wir gegen fracking Lüneburg, Women Against Nuclear Power, Women for Peace Za Zemiata, Friends of the Earth Bulgaria, ZELS Združenje etažnih lastnikov Slovenije, ZERO - Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System Spain The Netherlands Finland France Slovenia Spain

United Kingdom Germany,  Bulgaria  Portugal.