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Canada | Brussels, 20 March 2017

Commissioner Malmström in Canada to discuss CETA preparations and EU trade agenda

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström is in Canada for a two-day visit focused on the preparations for the upcoming entry into force of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, known as CETA, and the EU’s ambitious agenda for free and fair trade.

The trip kicked off in Toronto on 20 March, where the Commissioner visited EU businesses preparing for the entry into force of CETA, including a Cypriot family-run fashion boutique and a Danish-run design showroom and shop. The Commissioner also visited the construction site of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project, which is the largest transit expansion in the history of Toronto, delivered by a Canadian-European consortium.

At a conference on "EU trade policy in a more protectionist world" at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Commissioner set out the EU's trade agenda in a keynote speech to students and faculty. The Commissioner also spoke at an event with senior EU and Canadian business leaders.

On 21 March, the Commissioner is in Ottawa, where she meets the Canadian Minister for International Trade François-Philippe Champagne, and delivers a keynote speech on "Progressive Trade Policy in a More Protectionist World" at an event hosted by the Canada 2020 think tank.

Info and material about the visit


The opportunities of EU-Canada trade, given at the Munk school in Toronto, 20 March 2017.
Progressive Trade Policy in a More Protectionist World, given at the Canada 2020 think tank in Ottawa, 21 March 2017 (later today)



Monday, Toronto, 20 March (videos available on 21/03 at 10:15)

Tuesday, Ottawa, 21 March (videos available on 21/03 at 21:00)

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