The European Commission today formally proposed to the Council of the EU the signature and conclusion of a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA.
The deal is set to benefit people and businesses – big and small – across Europe as of the first day of its implementation. To allow for a swift signature and provisional application, so that the expected benefits are reaped without unnecessary delay, the Commission has decided to propose CETA as ‘mixed’ agreement.
With this step, the Commission makes its contribution for the deal to be signed during the next EU-Canada Summit, in October.
President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The trade agreement between the EU and Canada is our best and most progressive trade agreement and I want it to enter into force as soon as possible. It provides new opportunities for European companies, while promoting our high standards for the benefit of our citizens. I have looked at the legal arguments and I have listened to Heads of State or Government and to national Parliaments. Now it is time to deliver.
The credibility of Europe’s trade policy is at stake.” EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström added: “The agreement reached with Canada is a milestone in European trade policy. It will help to generate much-needed growth and jobs while fully upholding Europe’s high standards in areas like food safety, environmental protection and people’s rights at work.” Following a decision by the Council, it will be possible to provisionally apply CETA. Its full entry into force will be subject to the conclusion by the EU, through a Council decision with the consent of the European Parliament, and by all Member States through the relevant national ratification procedures.
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