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Following seven years of negotiations, the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will provisionally enter into force tomorrow. "The...

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled on the division of competences in the bilateral trade agreement between the EU and Singapore. Most of...

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The European Parliament finally approved the EU-Canada free-trade agreement CETA. The EPP Group faced off with Euroskeptics in a debate on the future...

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"Trade policy is back on track. We have managed to work out the most advanced, ambitious and up-to-date trade agreement between the EU and...

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CETA

CETA (EU-Canada trade deal) is the most advanced, ambitious, comprehensive and modern trade agreement ever negotiated by both the European Union and Canada. CETA will eliminate nearly all import duties, saving European exporters more than €500 million every year. It guarantees market access and creates a level playing field for businesses, advances EU agricultural interests by protecting 145 European Geographical Indications (GIs) and safeguards property rights in an international context, while respecting high environmental, consumer and labour standards. The trade deal took 7 years to negotiate and is a modern, well-balanced agreement that sets new benchmarks and standards for future trade agreements worldwide.

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We want effective trade defence instruments Further trade liberalisation still requires an ability to prevent unfair trading practices in our markets. We therefore regard Trade Defence Instruments (TDI) as an appropriate component of the EU’s trade strategy and we welcome efforts to streamline, reinforce and speed up these instruments with the ongoing TDI reform, ensuring they won't be weakened. This includes the removal of the lesser duty rule in case of raw material distortions and subsidies. We would welcome attempts to...
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We support the ratification of the EU-Canada Trade Agreement (CETA) The CETA is expected to increase trade in goods and services between the EU and Canada by nearly a quarter. Overall, the agreement is estimated to lift EU output by about €12 billion per year. We support the elimination of nearly all import duties which saves European exporters around €500 million per year. We welcome the fact that the CETA allows EU companies to bid for public contracts in Canada and that it enables EU firms to access Canadian services and...
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Free trade and globalisation have significantly improved living standards and reduced poverty in the EU and around the world. They create economic growth and jobs and strengthen political and economic relations with third countries. We seek to enhance our strategic bond with the United States, our partner with whom we share not only geopolitical and economic interests but also common values. A balanced Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement would unleash the full, currently underutilised, potential of our economic...
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We want to take citizens on board Globalisation and open markets have significantly improved living standards and reduced poverty in the EU and around the world. We therefore ask all stakeholders to develop a better communication strategy on the Union’s trade policy. We want transparency and openness at all stages of the negotiations, but defend confidentiality where necessary to reach the best negotiating results. We will always ensure the protection of our public utilities and services. We will always ensure - in full compliance...
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The EU is at the forefront of world trade liberalisation. This is demonstrated by our numerous trade partnerships worldwide. We take stock of our economic relationships to date and recognise their divergent characteristics; while in recent years advances have been made on several issues, other partnerships have been stalling. On the basis of these experiences, we recall the positive impact of the Free Trade Agreements conducted by the EU so far and call for speedy progress in the ongoing negotiations, including talks on the Trade in Services...

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CETA
10.12.2015 - 10:45

No more waiting for an EU-Canada trade agreement

In August 2014, the European Union and Canada concluded negotiations on a modern and comprehensive trade agreement which should bolster economies on both sides of the Atlantic and provide our...

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20.09.2017 - 10:42

Europe leads on rules-based trade: CETA comes into force

Following seven years of negotiations, the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will provisionally enter into force tomorrow. "The deal marks a milestone in EU-Canada relations and...
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16.05.2017 - 14:17

ECJ clarifies competences and strengthens EU trade policy

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled on the division of competences in the bilateral trade agreement between the EU and Singapore. Most of the competences, such as transport, sustainable...
CETA
15.02.2017 - 12:19

CETA: we choose partnerships over protectionism

"Trade policy is back on track. We have managed to work out the most advanced, ambitious and up-to-date trade agreement between the EU and Canada. CETA is also Europe and Canada's answer to...

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