CETA the controversial Trade deal has been passed by the European Parliament.
Mep’s met today to vote on the final phase of CETA the controversial trade agreement between the EU and Canada.
CETA has proved a divisive issue for many MEPS including Matt Carthy and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan who have campaigned over the issue calling on farmers to lobby in favour MEP’s against the passing of the act.
Much of CETA’s negotiations were carried out in private.
Luke Ming Flanagan writing this morning said:
‘Be warned, CETA is NOT a good deal for either food producers or for food consumers – that’s all of us.’
Sinn Féin's MEP Matt Carthy had said the deal would have negative impacts for farmers: "Coupled with other EU trade deals coming down the line CETA will be devastating for Irish agriculture, farming families and rural communities. An EU Commission study has predicted a “steep drop in beef meat prices by between 8-16%" as a result of CETA and similar trade deals.”
Over 80 Irish civil society groups opposed the deal, including the Environmental Pillar, the International Small Business Alliance and the Irish Cattle and Sheep Alliance (ICSA). The ICSA president Patrick Kent said 5% of Canadian farmers produce 50% of its food and CETA would allow Canada's “lower standards on the use of antibiotics, steroids and hormones in animals destined for the food chain” into Europe.
Fine Gael MEP’s supported the deal and voted in favour of it.
408 MEPs voted this morning with 254 voting against the deal, some 33 MEPs abstained from the vote.
Groups have already asked what will happen to Irish agriculture in particular the Irish beef industry.