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EU-Canada Summit takes place in Montreal

Today and tomorrow, the European Union and Canada will hold their 17th bilateral summit. The European Union will be represented at the summit by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, with the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, also participating. Canada will be represented by its Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The summit will be an opportunity to reflect on the very close cooperation and partnership between the EU and Canada, and to discuss future areas of cooperation. Our strategic partnership is long-standing and vibrant, built on effective multilateralism, a progressive international policy agenda and inclusive trade. We work together to promote international peace and security and achieve prosperity for people in a safer, fairer and more inclusive world. The summit will be the first to take place since that of October 2016, at which the EU and Canada signed two landmark agreements: the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement. Both agreements have already provided new opportunities for even closer cooperation, for example in addressing climate change, technological advances, and trade ties. 2018 was the first full year of the provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and has led to an increase in bilateral trade of 10.5% compared with the average of the previous 3 years (2015-2017). Leaders are also expected to discuss topical foreign and security policy issues, such as Ukraine, Russia, Venezuela, and Iran, as well as cyber security and counter-terrorism. Coverage of the summit, including the joint press conference following the summit’s conclusion on Thursday, will be available on Europe by Satellite and the Council Newsroom. More information on EU-Canada relations is available on the website of the EU Delegation to Canada and in a dedicated factsheet. (For more information: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Adam Kaznowski – Tel.: +32 229 89359; Kinga Malinowska – Tél.: +32 229 51383)


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Agenda highlights

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15 July 2019

  • 10:10 Public session
  • 14:55 Public session
  • 20:00 Press conference

Estimated schedule

Finland’s presidency

The Council will be informed about the priorities and work programme of Finland’s presidency in the field of agriculture and fisheries.

Infographic – The future of EU agricultural policy

Future of the CAP post 2020

Ministers will exchange views on the environmental and climate-related aspects of the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy reform package.

Sugar sector

The Council will be updated on the work of the high level group on sugar created by the Commission to carry out a thorough evaluation of the sugar sector at EU and national level.

Any other business

Ministers will be informed about a variety of issues:

  • the state of play of African swine fever
  • animal welfare during transport
  • plant protection products and pest management
  • the EU-Mercosur trade agreement
  • the outcome of the third EU-African Union agriculture ministerial conference
  • the BIOEAST initiative
  • the difficult situation in the rice sector

Provisional agenda

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