1. Overview of the human rights and democracy situation: Canada's human rights protection framework remains among the most robust worldwide, with solid legal, political and social bases. Overarching laws protecting human rights exist at federal, provincial and territorial levels and the
Canada is one of the closest and longest-standing partners of the European Union. Our common democratic values, responsibility to defend human rights, and strong commitment to multilateralism, the rules-based international order and free trade define our relationship.
In a more challenging global environment, the European Union needs to step up its actions to enhance its ability to prevent conflicts, build peace and strengthen international security. By proposing a new European Peace Facility (EPF) the European Union is taking another step towards cementing its