Interview with Jane Murphy, who is a member of the Brussels Bar, Counsel (Corporate Lawyer) with Law Square. She holds Masters in Law degrees from the ULB University of Brussels and from Laval University in Canada, as well as a Masters (LL.M) in European and International Law, obtained from the VUB University of Brussels. Jane is a Board Member and Vice-President of the Canada-Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.
CETA – since its inception and up to this moment is being followed by the long tail of controversies, misconceptions and myths. Nevertheless years of heated discussions between Canadian and EU sides have not been wasted. Though at some moment both parties regrettably acknowledged that it would never be signed and took a break for the last thoughts. The idea of burying CETA suddenly turned into reality and after thoughtful revision of both sides’ positions the wisdom prevailed over the emotions and CETA was signed. Now it expected to be ratified by all member states of EU and then Canada and EU could launch a new era in their relationships. But already today CETA has been recognized as a Golden standard of intergovernmental Trade deals. So it is probably a proper timing to unveil some myths and misconceptions circulating around this agreement to understand better the opportunities CETA opens for Canada and EU.
We have chosen some most persistent and long living rumors for our discussions with Jane Murphy, one of the few top experts who possess a real knowledge of CETA pros and cons, its goals and basics. In the interview below you can find her answers to the following questions:
- What are the top 5 misconceptions about CETA?
- For what sectors, innovations and policies CETA is called a Golden standard of agreements?
- In some economic sectors Canada and EU have very long history of extensive trade relationships. Can you name 5 sectors the ones that will have an immediate impact after the ratification?
- What is the status of Tribunal controversy?
- What changes would CETA bring to agri-food sector?