Brussels, 13 September 2022 (TDI): The European Union is organizing the hybrid public event ‘Five years of EU-Canada CETA: sustainable and reliable trade in uncertain times’ on 21 September 2022.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the provisional application of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

About the event

The event is organized by the Delegation of the European Union in Canada and the Directorate-General for Trade, in partnership with the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) of the European Commission.

The event will be moderated by trade journalist Maria Tadeo. This event is an opportunity to showcase how CETA delivers both in economic terms and as a comprehensive agreement. The agreement encompasses a broad range of relations between the EU and Canada.

Director General Sabine Weyand will discuss how CETA fits into the EU’s trade policy and how it responds to the challenges of today’s world.

In addition, the event provides an opportunity to showcase that this agreement facilitates the digital and green transitions in both economies.

Also read: EU-Canada Joint Ministerial Committee meeting

Strategic Partnership Agreement

The Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) between the EU and Canada, provisionally entered into force on 1st April 2017. The partnership agreement seeks to deepen political dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Canada.

In addition, it strengthens relations in fields such as human rights, international peace, and security, economic and sustainable development, justice, freedom, and security.

CETA features some of the strongest commitments ever included in an EU trade agreement. It includes promoting labor rights, protecting the environment, and sustainable development.

Moreover, CETA integrates EU and Canadian commitments to apply international rules on workers’ rights, environmental protection, and climate action.

The Agreement will come into full effect when all EU Member States have completed the ratification process. Until then provisional application of CETA will continue and remain accessible to Canadian and EU businesses alike.