EU-Canada agree­ment should have been in­te­grated in CETA Al­fred Sant

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Mal­tese MEP Al­fred Sant told the Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic and Mon­e­tary Af­fairs of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment (ECON) that the agree­ment be­tween the EU and Canada on the ap­pli­ca­tion of their com­pe­ti­tion laws should not have taken 8 years to be fi­nal­ized and ar­gued that the same agree­ment should have been in­te­grated in CETA.

The agree­ment is plain sail­ing. It de­tails co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the com­pe­ti­tion au­thor­i­ties of the Union and of Canada re­gard­ing in­for­ma­tion avail­able to their re­spec­tive ser­vices about anti-com­pet­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties of in­ter­est to both or to one of the par­ties. The Coun­cil au­tho­rised the Com­mis­sion to open ne­go­ti­a­tions on the mat­ter at hand on 9 Oc­to­ber 2008.

Dr Sant was speak­ing as the Shadow Rap­por­teur on the file which aims at amend­ing the orig­i­nal 1999 agree­ment with Canada to in­clude a mech­a­nism of ex­change of in­for­ma­tion be­tween the com­pe­ti­tion au­thor­i­ties of the EU and those of Canada. “Why has it taken so long to ar­rive to the present stage, when there was no con­trary pres­sures to the con­clu­sion of ne­go­ti­a­tions? Were there hid­den dif­fi­cul­ties and reser­va­tions in­volved?”asked Dr Sant.

The agree­ment has a chap­ter deal­ing with a com­mit­ment to the joint pur­suit of poli­cies and pro­ce­dures that com­bat an­ti­com­pet­i­tive prac­tices. “So the sig­na­ture of the agree­ment be­fore us, and its rat­i­fi­ca­tion, would be fully co­her­ent with CETA. Per­haps had the present agree­ment it­self, tech­ni­cal as it is, been fi­nalised speed­ily, it could have been in­te­grated in CETA it­self, rather than ap­plied sep­a­rately,” re­marked the Mal­tese MEP.

The agree­ment also in­cludes safe­guards for le­niency state­ments and set­tle­ment doc­u­ments and ad­just­ments of the ex­ist­ing agree­ment con­cern­ing the pro­tec­tion of per­sonal data and the right of de­fence. A sim­i­lar agree­ment on the ex­change of in­for­ma­tion be­tween com­pe­ti­tion au­thor­i­ties is al­ready in place with Switzer­land.

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