However, support has decreased compared to the 2014 survey.  In contrast, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has a support rate of 44 per cent among Canadians as of February 2017.  Unlike Canada, the agreement has sparked protests in a number of European countries. In the area of services and investment, CETA is the largest agreement ever concluded by the EU. CETA`s investment protection and investment dispute settlement provisions will replace the eight existing bilateral investment agreements between EU Member States and Canada. A uniform set of rules will be clearer for both investors and states. CETA negotiations began in 2009 and concluded with a ceremony in Ottawa in September 2014. A number of EU governments were unhappy with the final text agreed by negotiators, but it was still whipped. No MEPs or MEPs were allowed to participate in the talks, which took place in secret, and no one had access to the text of the agreement until it was too late. Key elements of our public services have been negotiated without a touch of public debate.
Initially, it was unclear whether EU member states should ratify the agreement, given that the European Commission considered the treaty to fall within the EU`s sole competence.  However, in July 2016, it was decided to qualify CETA as a “mixed agreement” and thus to be ratified in national proceedings.  In 2008, an EU-Australia Partnership Framework was agreed that will reduce barriers to trade, but does not constitute a free trade agreement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of trade with the EU after Brexit: “We want a comprehensive free trade agreement similar to Canada`s.” On 26 March 2014, the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, wrote an open letter to the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, in which he stated that investment protection was a sensitive central issue that could ultimately decide whether a transatlantic free trade agreement would be approved by Germany. He also said that investment arbitrage between countries with well-developed legal systems was unnecessary. Sources: European Commission, “CETA declares” Government of Canada, “Overview of Agreement” CETA represents the best in international trade agreements. CETA sets new standards for trade in goods and services, non-tariff barriers, investment, government procurement and other sectors such as labour and the environment. The EU and Canada want CETA to contribute to stronger economic growth, social development and environmental protection. CETA therefore includes the obligations of the EU and Canada under international agreements relating to workers` rights and environmental and climate protection. . . .