TTIP, CETA Opponents Protest in Brussels

September 21, 2016 11:55 AM

A gathering of anti-trade protesters met in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday to demonstrate against two proposed European Union trade deals, one with Canada and the other with the United States.

The protestors hope the groundswell of opposition to TTIP will have a similar impact on a trade pact with Canada, known as CETA.

Critics say both deals would hurt labor and consumer rights while undermining environmental protection.

Supporters say the deals provide access to new products.

“CETA is not going to impose us to eat hormone beef or hormone chicken or chlorinated chicken, all these kid of things,” said Louisa Santos, an advisory board member of TTIP and director for international relations at BusinessEurope. “We need to protect the public interest, even if in some cases it means that limits trade.”

U.S. regulations allow poultry to be treated by a chlorine-based bath to kill pathogens. Negotiating teams from both sides will continue the TTIP talks in early October in New York.

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