The trade agreement with Canada in its present form is constitutional.

The trade agreement with Canada in its present form is constitutional.

Karlsruhe (Reuters) – The limited application of the SITA free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, which has been in force since 2017, is in line with the Basic Law.

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe has dismissed constitutional complaints by the Left as unfounded. The court on Tuesday announced that further applications by the party have been declared inadmissible. (AZ: 2 BVR 1368/16 and others)

The decision pertains to the previous provisional application of the trade agreement. However, the Second Senate raises doubts about whether the transfer of sovereign rights – for example to the judiciary – would be covered by the German Basic Law provided for in the final treaty. However, given only limited application at present, the risk is excluded that the EU will exceed its capacity and transfer sovereignty that only member states are entitled to. The principle of democracy is also not affected by the provisional application of the CITA agreement.

Already in 2016 there was an urgent appeal against the trade agreement with Canada at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. At that time, the Second Senate had approved Sita’s limited application. In a number of renewed constitutional complaints and an organ trial, the Left had attacked even the limited application. Applications are now unsuccessful.

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