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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  • 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.
  • 24-Jun-2015 Huffington Post Carta abierta desde Canadá sobre el TTIP y el CETA
    En el marco de la Acuerdo Transatlántico de Comercio e Inversión entre la UE y EEUU (conocido como TTIP en sus siglas en inglés), la Unión Europea está a punto de tomar una decisión extremadamente importante.
  • 24-Jun-2015 Huffington Post Ein offener Brief aus Kanada
    Mit dem Votum über das Abkommen über die Transatlantische Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft zwischen der Europäischen Union und den USA (TTIP), das am 10. Juni im Europäischen Parlament verschoben wurde, steht die Europäische Union am Abgrund einer weitreichenden Entscheidung.
  • 24-Jun-2015 Huffington Post Lettre à l’UE du Canada
    Avec le vote du Parlement européen sur le Partenariat transatlantique de commerce et d’investissement (TTIP) -un traité de libre-échange entre les États-Unis et l’Union européenne- qui était reporté le 10 juin, l’Union européenne était appelée à prendre une décision majeure.
  • 24-Jun-2015 Politico Malmström predicts Canadian-EU trade deal by July
    EU trade chief Cecilia Malmström said Tuesday the bloc’s pending trade pact with Canada could be done by the end of July, but acknowledged the more controversial EU-US agreement will get pushed to next year.
  • 24-Jun-2015 Huffington Post The EU needs to stop dangerous trade deals
    As the EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement vote was postponed in the European Parliament on June 10th, the European Union is on the precipice of a major decision.
  • 27-May-2015 La Presse canadienne Accord Canada-UE: des chiffres de création d’emplois relevant de la «fiction»
    Le gouvernement n’est pas en mesure de prouver que l’accord de libre-échange entre le Canada et l’Union européenne créera, comme il le prétend, environ 80 000 nouveaux emplois, selon la sénatrice indépendante libérale Céline Hervieux-Payette
  • 27-May-2015 CBC News Processing requirements ’off the table’ in CETA spat with Ottawa: Darin King
    A dispute between the Newfoundland and Labrador government and Ottawa surrounding the Canadian European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA) was reignited Tuesday, with the province saying it will not relinquish authority over minimum fish processing requirements.
  • 7-May-2015 AFP Accord UE-Canada de libre échange : La Grèce relance la bataille de la feta
    La Grèce veut arracher un amendement de l’accord de libre-échange conclu entre l’UE et le Canada en octobre 2013, lui reprochant de ne pas garantir une protection suffisante de la feta, son célèbre fromage, a-t-on appris mercredi auprès des négociateurs grecs et européens.
  • 6-May-2015 Reuters Greece wants changes to EU-Canada trade deal to protect "feta" name
    Athens will not back a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless the deal is changed to specify that only Greece can use the term "feta" for its salty white cheese, according to a document seen by Reuters.
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