Minister Ng wraps up CETA Joint Committee Meeting

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Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng, concluded on Thursday a successful Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Joint Committee Meeting, in which Canadian and EU officials met virtually to discuss progress made under CETA.

The Joint Committee is a part of Canada’s commitment to ensuring that CETA is achieving its full potential and delivering opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic, a statement said.

Minister Ng opened the meeting by thanking the European Commission Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade, Valdis Dombrovskis, for hosting the second CETA Joint Committee Meeting and by highlighting shared values and economic ties between Canada and the EU.

Minister Ng and Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis noted that, amid the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, CETA continues to foster further trade between Canada and the EU. Minister Ng welcomed the progress the EU has made on removing trade barriers, including the EU’s recent implementation of the Protocol on Conformity Assessment, but she also raised concerns related to Canadian market access for agricultural products and asked that the EU address identified gaps in the transparency requirements of CETA’s temporary-entry provisions.

She also emphasized the strength of the Canada-EU relationship in addressing the pandemic and the importance of ensuring that critical supply chains remain open and resilient—particularly, to ensure that there is equitable access to essential food, medicine, and vaccines.

Canada and the EU released a Joint Statement outlining key areas of cooperation.

“With CETA, we are demonstrating that trade agreements can support meaningful and sustainable economic growth. CETA has delivered on increasing trade with the EU, and our focus is now on eliminating unnecessary barriers to trade to ensure that the benefits of open, inclusive, and rules-based trade can be shared more broadly in our societies,” the minister said.

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