The German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) will rule on October 13 on a complaint filed by a group of activists aimed at scuppering a trade deal between the European Union and Canada.

On August 31 the three German groups – Campact, Foodwatch and More Democracy handed in a complaint containing 125,000 signatories to the FCC. The activists argued that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which is expected to be signed at the EU-Canada summit at the end of October, breaches the German constitution and undermines the democratic principles.

The FCC said on Friday that it will hold proceedings on October 12 and rule on the emergency appeal a day later.

Negotiations on CETA, which is seen by many as a template of the US-Europe Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement started in 2009. In July 2016 the European Commission proposed the signature of CETA to the Council.

The agreement is aimed at removing over 99% of import tariffs, creating new market access opportunities in services and investment and reducing regulation on business. The opponents of the trade agreement argue that EU-Canada deal puts in jeopardy national laws and regulations and deteriorates ecological and safety standards.