Minister Reynders submits request for opinion on CETA

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders submits Belgium’s request for an opinion on the compatibility of the Investment Court System (ICS) with the European Treaties to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The ICS is the reformed system of dispute settlement between States and investors, that was introduced in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This morning, Belgium’s Consultative Committee reached an agreement between the Federal Government and the federated entities on the basis of Minister Reynders’ proposal.

This agreement follows an agreement in principle that the Consultative Committee reached on 27 October 2016 on the signing of CETA. Since December 2016, a working group composed of representatives of the Federal Government and the Governments of the federated entities has been preparing the Belgian request for an opinion.

CETA will provisionally enter into force on the 21st of September 2017. However, the dispositions on which Belgium is requesting the Court’s opinion have been excluded from CETA’s provisional application. These dispositions will only enter into force when all EU Member States have ratified CETA.

Further information on the Belgian request for an opinion can be found  here (PDF, 79.04 KB)