European Union Ambassador Peteris Ustubs highlighted the benefits of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on a recent tour of Atlantic Canada. Stops included Halifax, Moncton, and St. John’s, where he delivered keynote addresses at business forums.
During his visit, Ambassador Ustubs also met with provincial government representatives and Canadian business stakeholders, an opportunity to discuss increased cooperation and the benefits arising from preferential access to the EU's 500 million-strong market.
"CETA entered into force on a provisional basis last September, and we are very excited to already see its benefits materializing for businesses and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic," said Ambassador Ustubs. "CETA is a product of the open, progressive vision the EU and Canada share and it is the most ambitious and far-reaching trade agreement that either side has ever made. It is now up to the business community to take full advantage of the increased opportunities provided by CETA."
The tour was organized by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Global Affairs Canada and the four Atlantic provincial governments under the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Agreement.
(photo credit: Nova Scotia's Department of Business)