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Canada-European Union
 
  Background and Negotiations
   

At the December 2002 Canada-EU Summit in Ottawa, leaders issued a joint statement to design a forward-looking, wide-ranging bilateral trade and investment enhancement agreement. On 18 March 2004, at the Canada-EU Summit in Ottawa, leaders agreed to a framework for a Trade and Investment Enhancement Agreement (TIEA). In December 2004 the government of Canada and the EU Commission adopted a voluntary framework for regulatory cooperation. The first round of negotiations towards the TIEA took place in Brussels in May 2005. In 2006 Canada and the EU jointly decided to pause negotiations.

On 27 April 2009, EU Member States adopted a negotiating mandate to implement a new economic free trade agreement between the EU and Canada: The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The negotiations were officially launched during the EU-Canada Summit on 6 May 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic. The first meeting for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union was held on 10 June 2009. The first round of negotiations took place in Ottawa from 19 to 23 October 2009. On 18 January 2010, Canada and the European Union met in Brussels for the second round of negotiations. The third round of negotiations took place in Ottawa from 19-23 April 2010. The fourth was held in Brussels from 12-16 July, the fifth from 18-22 October 2010 in Ottawa, and the sixth round of negotiations took place in Brussels from 17 to 21 January 2011. Both countries held a seventh round of talks in April 2011 while the eighth round took place in during the week of 15 July 2011. The ninth round of negotiations was held in Ottawa from 17 to 21 October 2011.

On 18 October 2013, Canada and the European Union announced the conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

On 5 August 2014, Canada and the European Union agreed upon the final text for a free trade agreement. The text has been received by the EU Member States and the Canadian provinces and territories.

The European Commission and the Canadian Government have agreed to include a new approach on investment protection and investment dispute settlement in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The final CETA text incorporates all the main elements of the EU's new approach on investment, as outlined in the EU's TTIP proposal of November 2015 and contained in the recently concluded EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was signed in Brussels, Belgium on October 30, 2016 during the European Union-Canada Leader's Summit.

Documents relating to the negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
30 October 2016 Brussels, Belgium. Canada and EU sign trade agreement PDF
29 February 2016 European Commission and Canada agree on new approach on investment in trade agreement PDF
  Joint statement by European Commissioner for Trade and Canada's Minister of International Trade on Canada-EU trade agreement PDF
05 August 2014 Canada and the European Union reach final text for free trade agreementPDF
18 October 2013 Canada and EU conclude negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) PDF
23 November 2012 EU and Canada move towards conclusion of trade negotiations PDF
17-21 October 2011 Ninth round of Canada-EU economic and trade negotiations PDF
15 July 2011 Eighth round of Canada-EU economic and trade negotiations PDF
17 January 2011 Sixth round of Canada-EU economic and trade negotiations PDF
18 October 2010 Fifth round of Canada-EU economic and trade negotiations PDF
20 April 2010 Third round of Canada-EU economic and trade negotiations PDF
18 January 2010 Second round of Canada-EU economic and trade negotiations PDF
10 June 2009 First meeting held on comprehensive economic and trade agreement PDF
06 May 2009 Canada-EU Summit Declaration PDF
06 May 2009 Canada and European Union launched  negotiations toward an economic partnership agreement PDF 
27 April 2009 FTA negotiations to be officially launched on May 6th, in Prague PDF 
Source: Delegation of the European Commission to Canada; Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Documents relating to the negotiations for the Trade and Investment Enhancement Agreement (TIEA)
24 November 2005 Canada-EU Videoconference Summit. Joint Statement PDF
19 June 2005 Niagara-on-the-Lake. Joint Summit Declaration EU-Canada Summit PDF
17 May 2005 First round of negotiations PDF
21 December 2004 Canada-EU regulatory cooperation framework PDF
18 March 2004 Canada-European Union Trade and Investment Enhancement Agreement: Framework for the Agreement PDF
18 March 2004 Declaration on Canada-EU Relations PDF
03 March 2004 European Commission agrees to design of future EU-Canada Trade and Investment Enhancement Agreement pdf
28 May 2003 Progress report on the EU-Canada Trade and Investment Agreement PDF
19 December 2002 Ottawa: Joint Statement by Canada and the European Union PDF
Source: Delegation of the European Commission to Canada; Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

  Texts
   
29 February 2016 Text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement PDF
Source: Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission

  Entry into Force
   

The European Parliament approved the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement on 15 February 2017. This step concluded the ratification process of the deal at the EU level.

Documents related to the entry into force
15 February 2017 European Parliament approves CETAPDF new!

  Related Articles and Studies
   
October 2008 Canada: Assessing the costs and benefits of a closer EU-Canada economic partnership PDF
March 2004 European Union. Economic and Trade Relations between the European Union and CanadaPDF
March 2004 European Union. European-Union-Canada Partnership Agenda PDF

  Sources
   
 

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Recent Developments
  15 February 2017. European Parliament approves CETA new!

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