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#BIG DEMONSTRATION

WHEN?

15th October from 1 to 4 p.m.

WHERE?

Warsaw, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

MARCH ROUTE

Ministry of Agriculture – Marszałkowska street ( toward Pl. Konstytucji) – Piękna Street – AL. Ujazdowskie – The Chancellery of the Prime Minister

WHY?

The situation around TTIP and CETA is changing almost every day. One thing is sure though: Contrary to their previous declarations promising to protect Polish agriculture and food PIS announced the full support for introducing CETA. We have done all we could to convince the deputies, that a serious debate on this matter is necessary. Unfortunately the discussion about CETA has dropped from the Sejm agenda and the government decided to sign this agreement. We are fed up with this!

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Who are we?

The manifesto is organized by the commitee in the panel of: Akcja Demokracja ( Action Democracy), Instytut Globalnej Odpowiedzialności ( Institute of Global Responsibility), OPZZ Rolników i Organizacji Rolniczych ( All- Poland Alliance of Farmers’ Trade Unions and Farmers‘ Organizations) , Strefa Zieleni ( The Green Zone).

WHY NOW?

The Council of the European Union consisting of the ministers of all member states plans to sign CETA on the 18th October. Poland will be represented by the head of the Ministryof Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski.

WHY ARE WE AGAINST?

CETA ( free trade agreement between UE- Canada) together with TTIP ( the agreement between UE- USA) aim at creating a transatlantic zone of free trade. CETA is ready to be signed whereas the negotiations regarding TTIP are ongoing although many countries have already announced to block the adoption of this agreement. CETA is then the crucial agreement for big businesses. Just the opposite for the citizens on both sides of Atlantic who aim at blocking this agreement.

WHY „NO“ FOR CETA?

WORK

Firstly, jobs will be endangered. CETA agreement means that around 100 thousand jobs in our country is going to disappear. As a result of introducing CETA around 200 thousand jobs will disappear in EU.

 

WHY NOW?

The Council of the European Union consisting of the ministers of all member states plans to sign CETA on the 18th October. Poland will be represented by the head of the Ministryof Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski.

 

AGRICULTURE

Decreasing customs duties ( this referrs to 99% of customs which are currently between Canada and UE) poses a real threat to some farming sectors. This means that the local production will not be protected against the competition coming from transnational corporations which are able to sell their products at much lower price due to mass production, cheaper energy supply and much lower environmental norms. Such situation can have detrimental effects on small and medium enterprises in Poland. It is also particularly dangerous for the agriculture where the customs duties play a significant role in profit making. The import duty for apples, for instance ,will decrease from 9% to 0%. As a result of increasing the duty-free quotas for Canadian beef, pork, wheat and sweetcorn the purchase prices for the local producers will decrease significantly. This way CETA will contribute to further expansion of industrial agriculture at the expense of the sustainable one.

ARBITRATION

Thirdly, there is a real threat for the public budgets which will be drained by the transnational firms using ISDS/ICS ( investor-state dispute settlement)

 

CONSUMER RIGHTS

Forthly, there is a threat for our consumer rights because of lowering food security standards. CETA provides the food concerns with new tools which help to introduce not only the GMO food on the European market ( Canada is the third biggest producer of GMO food) but also meat stuffed with growth hormones and antibiotics and milk full of lactation hormones. Those food companies want also artificial food colors, herpicides ,pesticides and hormone-disrupting chemicals to be admitted on the EU market where they are currently defined as dangerous. All the attempts to prohibit such substances as neonicotinoids, BPA or glyphosate may be deemed disadvantageous for the foreign investors and nipped in the bud as a part of „ regulatory cooperation“ .