International trade and customs
Notices and memo
Notice: EU trade ministers meet to discuss CETA between the EU and Canada
The Council will be called on to adopt a package of decisions on the CETA. These include decisions on conclusion of the agreement, signature and provisional application. In addition, the Council will be invited to adopt a joint interpretative declaration. This declaration, which is a joint text with Canada, will provide, in accordance with the Vienna convention on the law treaties, a binding interpretation of CETA's terms on specific issues.
CETA will remove more than 99% of tariffs that are currently imposed on trade between the EU and Canada. It includes provisions on market access for goods, services, investment and government procurement, as well as on intellectual property rights, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, sustainable development, regulatory cooperation, mutual recognition, trade facilitation, cooperation on raw materials, dispute settlement and technical barriers to trade.
A press conference of Minister Žiga on behalf of the Presidency will be held after the meeting ends at +/- 10:15 AM.