September 18, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, will travel to Ottawa and Toronto on September 26, 2014, to take part in a Canada-European Union (EU) Summit. The Prime Minister made the announcement during a roundtable meeting with members of the Ontario business community.
The Summit will mark the beginning of a new era in Canada-EU relations as the three leaders will celebrate the historic end of negotiations of the Canada-EU Trade Agreement as well as the Strategic Partnership Agreement. The leaders will also work to advance shared interests on key international peace and security issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria, as well as other matters of mutual interest.
The Canada-EU Trade Agreement will provide Canadian businesses with preferential market access to more than 500 million consumers.
Canadian workers in every region of the country – including in sectors such as fish and seafood; chemicals and plastics; metal and mineral products; technology; forestry and value-added wood products; automotive; advanced manufacturing; and agriculture and agri-food – will see significant benefits from increased access to the EU.
The lucrative 28-country EU market currently generates almost $18 trillion in annual economic activity.
“The Canada-EU Summit is an occasion to mark a pivotal moment in our strong and longstanding relationship, the end of negotiations of an historic free trade agreement. This Agreement is deeper in ambition and broader in scope than any other trade agreement in Canadian history. It will reshape our commercial relationship with the world’s largest market and create thousands of jobs for Canadians.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
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