Canada and the EU share goals, values and a common world view. As one of the EU's ten global Strategic Partners, Canada works closely with the EU towards further deepening effective political and economic cooperation.
2017 is shaping up to be a historic year for Canada and the European Union thanks to the approval of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). These latest developments could not have come at a better time: this year, Canada turns 150 and the European Union marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, an opportunity to celebrate Canada's continued role as a friend and a natural ally with whom the EU shares common values, deeply rooted in shared cultural and historic experiences. As partners in the G7/G20, the EU and Canada pursue common goals through international institutions and together promote and defend democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law and good governance around the world.
The framework for this relationship is set out in the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), an update of the 1976 Framework Agreement for Commercial and Economic Cooperation.
Strengthening strategic cooperation
The SPA reflects more recent global developments, advancing Canada-EU foreign policy goals while providing a platform for joint international action. It reinforces cooperation in strategic areas such as:
- international peace and security
- human rights
- environmental protection
- energy security
Working together on these issues of shared interest and responsibility, the EU holds regular consultations with Canada, including Summits between the Canadian Prime Minister and the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, ministerial consultations and dialogues of the Political Directors. Additionally, there are ongoing specific consultations on regional and global issues ranging from energy, environment and climate change to non-proliferation, defence and security matters.
Canada also participates in the EU’s civilian missions and military operations under the Common Security and Defence Policy, for example in the Balkans, Ukraine and the Middle East. Additionally, Canada and the EU join forces on electoral observation missions.