The EU and Canada have similar approaches to foreign policy issues, such as Ukraine, Russia, Syria, Iraq and the fight against Da'esh. As like-minded partners, we support the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, and we participate in the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and in the Global Coalition against Da'esh. We are committed to supporting displaced persons and their host communities and to working towards the long-term, sustainable, post-conflict stabilisation and rehabilitation of Syria and Iraq and to eradicating conditions conducive to violent extremism.
In November 2005, the European Union and Canada concluded an agreement establishing a framework for Canada's participation in EU crisis management operations. Canada is one of the most consistent contributors to the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations. To date, Canada has participated in 10 missions/operations, namely EUPM BiH, Concordia, Artemis, EUFOR Althea, EUPOL Kinshasa, EULEX Kosovo and EUPOL Afghanistan. Currently, Canada is seconding personnel to two civilian missions - EU Police Missions in the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS), and the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) – as well as providing a financial contribution to the military operation to EUTM Mali.
A dedicated Security and Defence Dialogue was launched on 1 May 2015. This is an important platform for regular exchanges as well as for exploring new areas for cooperation, including on participation in CSDP missions and operations, education and training, research and development as well as capacity building. Starting in 2014, annual symposia on EU-Canada cooperation in Common Foreign and Security Policy have been held, bringing together senior representatives of the EU's and Canada's foreign and security policy community. The EU and Canada also work jointly to combat terrorism, both bilaterally through the EU-Canada Counter-Terrorism Political Dialogue and multilaterally through the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF), Anti-ISIL Coalition and the Countering Violent Extremism Summit process. This close partnership is also reflected in the recently concluded Security of Information Agreement (SIA), which sets the framework for the exchange of classified information between EU and Canada and will facilitate further CSDP cooperation and cooperation on Counter-terrorism.
Canada is a participating state in EU Election Observation Missions (EU EOMs), together with Switzerland and Norway. Canada is sending Long- and Short-term Observers to the EU's election observation missions, with recent examples including Peru (2016), Egypt (2014), Tunisia (2014), and Pakistan (2013).