The director-general of the European Commission’s trade directorate Sabine Weyand said there is a “new dynamism” in Europe when it comes to ratifying CETA, the landmark trade and investment agreement between the European Union and Canada. “The geopolitical situation has changed the debate on trade policy,” said the commission’s top …
Canada and CETA
Diversification of trade destinations and sources seems to have been on top of minds in the EU this week. By Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.
This rentrée week’s developments in EU trade policy herald an intense autumn.
The EU and Canada finalised negotiations towards a mutual recognition agreement of professional qualifications for architects. It took them five years to fulfil the pledge included in the text of their free trade agreement CETA, which has been in force provisionally since September 2017.
Today, the Dutch Senate approved a law allowing The Netherlands to sign and ratify the whole EU-Canada trade agreement CETA – including its investment protection part – after years of fierce national debate on its merits.
Germany took a significant step this week towards ratifying the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the publication of a legislative proposal on Tuesday followed by a debate in the German parliament two days later.
It’s been another big week in EU trade. The European Parliament has now a position on carbon border adjustment, and climate and labour conditionality in free trade agreements is about to get much much tougher. But there are even more big news – as seen below. By Rob Francis and …
The EU trade policy machinery is definitely back in action after a slow-ish start to the year. Here some selected updates on developments this week by Iana Dreyer and Rob Francis.
Canada is preparing to introduce a carbon border adjustment measure whose contours are not yet known. Canada and the European Union vowed at a bilateral summit mid-June to “exchange on respective approaches to carbon pricing and WTO-compatible border carbon adjustments”. A think tank is now making concrete proposals on how …
The European Union and Canada held an overnight summit, which concluded with agreement to cooperate in a wide range of areas including health, climate change, trade and international security.