Minister Ng wraps up CETA Joint Committee Meeting
@mary_ng #ceta @VDombrovskis @EU_Commission
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.
CETA is delivering results for both EU & Canada:
➡️ Trade flows are up
➡️ Important joint work at @wto
➡️ Developing a Strategic Partnership on Raw Materials
➡️ Joint action on climate change
➡️ Focus on supporting SMEs pic.twitter.com/8nMNNuuFaP
— Valdis Dombrovskis (@VDombrovskis) March 25, 2021
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.
Yesterday, Min. Ng wrapped up a successful Joint Committee Meeting on #CETA. Minister Ng and @VDombrovskis also talked about keeping essential health and medical supply chains open and resilient between Canada and European Union. 🇨🇦🇪🇺
— Canada Trade (@CanadaTrade) March 26, 2021
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.
- Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
- CETA governance and committees
- Decision No 001/2021 of the CETA Joint Committee of January 29, 2021 setting out the administrative and organisational matters regarding the functioning of the Appellate Tribunal
- Decision No 002/2021 of the CETA Joint Committee of January 29, 2021 adopting a procedure for the adoption of interpretations in accordance with Articles 8.31.3 and 8.44.3(a) of CETA as an Annex to its Rules of Procedure
- Minister Ng speaks with European Union member states
- Minister Ng receives assurances from European Commissioner for Trade, Valdis Dombrovskis about vaccine exports to Canada
- Trade and gender: The Canada-European Union Story
- Trade Commissioner Service