EU-Canada (CETA)

In March 2009, after years of speculation and discussions, Stockwell Day, Canada’s international trade minister, signalled the formal start of negotiations towards a comprehensive free trade agreement with Canada’s second largest economic partner, the European Union. Initial areas of negotiation include trade in goods, intellectual property, investment, technical barriers to trade, regulatory cooperation and, competition policy. There has also been talk of and an eventual agreement on labour mobility. The FTA is called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

The reception to a proposed deal among Canada’s provincial governments has been mixed. Quebec Premier Jean Charest has been a strong advocate of an EU-Canada FTA, while former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams vocally expressed his opposition to such a deal, citing concerns in areas such as high seafood tariffs and the proposed EU seal products ban. Indeed, until recently the federal government had seemed somewhat cautious about the idea, while some in Europe have not held an FTA with Canada to be a priority. The Toronto-based lobby group, the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business, supported by 60 European and Canadian corporate executives, have been pushing for this deal, for which its most vocal supporters in Europe have been France’s Sarkozy and Germany’s Merkel. A number of municipal councils in Canada, including Toronto/s city council have voted to demand that they be excluded from such a deal, citing concerns over their ability to make decisions, particularly in relation to government procurement.

last update: May 2012


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  • 18-Nov-2015 Vieuws EU Trade Insight: Schulz and Lange push for inclusion of ICS in CETA – in brief
    European Parliament President, Martin Schulz and Chair of the EP’s International Trade Committee, Bernd Lange said they wanted the Investment Court System (ICS) to be also part of the EU free trade agreement with Canada, known as CETA.
  • 2-Nov-2015 European Water Movement The Free Trade agreement between the EU and Canada threatens water management
    The European Commission always maintained that water would be excluded from the CETA, but a careful reading of the consolidated text of the treaty shows that the reality is different.
  • 1-Oct-2015 Embassy Canada misses the cut for EU’s proposed investor-state dispute court
    Canada will likely be left out of a new system proposed by the European Union for settling disputes between countries and corporations—at least for now.
  • 28-Sep-2015 The Guardian CETA deal "rigs the game," says P.E.I. producers
    Critics attack trade deal in football parody skit.
  • 26-Sep-2015 RT Canada-EU trade deal that allows US firms to sue British govt sparks outrage
    Campaigners gathered outside a secret court in central London on Friday to protest against a controversial EU-Canada trade deal that will empower corporations to sue the British government.
  • 26-Sep-2015 CNCD-11.11.11 La Belgique ne peut signer le premier traité transatlantique commercial
    Retour sur une journée d’actions et de rencontres ministérielles visant 6 gouvernements belges.
  • 22-Sep-2015 NFU Election 2015: Talking about seed and trade
    Recognizing the inherent rights of farmers to save seed and putting the interest of canada’s food and farmers ahead of corporate interests.
  • 18-Sep-2015 Le Devoir Les Canadiens ont certaines réticences au sujet du libre-échange avec l’Europe
    Le mécanisme de règlement des différends indispose une majorité de citoyens
  • 4-Sep-2015 Tech Dirt European Commission admits defeat in trying to improve corporate sovereignty chapter in CETA
    The excitement over the mad dash to finish TPP — and the failure to do so — has rather obscured the other so-called trade deals currently being negotiated, such as TAFTA/TTIP and the one between the EU and Canada, CETA.
  • 29-Jun-2015 Le Devoir Libre-échange Canada-Union européenne : La France ne signera pas sans modifications
    Pour le secrétaire d’État au Commerce extérieur, Matthias Fekl, qui exprime la position officielle de la France, c’est non seulement une question de principe mais une réalité aujourd’hui incontournable.
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