Date lodged: 21 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out of the potential impact of the Section D investment protection provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on its ability to legislate in the interests of the public and the environment.
Answered by: Keith Brown 12 July 2016
The Scottish Government carried out an initial assessment of the Section D provisions of Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and considered it unlikely that these would to any appreciable extent restrict the legislation which the Scottish Parliament can pass in the interests of the public and the environment. Since then, it was announced on 29 February 2016 that the European Commission and the Canadian Government have agreed to include a new approach on investment protection and investment dispute settlement, the investor court system in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.