The signature of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) between the European Union and Canada at the 16th EU-Canada Summit on 30 October 2016, together with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, will mark the beginning of a new, dynamic chapter in the European Union's long-standing partnership with Canada.
The SPA affirms the cooperation and shared values between the European Union and Canada and reflects the comprehensive, long-standing and strategic nature of the partnership. It provides effective channels for strengthening and extending cooperation and lays the ground for effective joint cooperation in multilateral fora.
The SPA counts in total 34 Articles and comprises of:
- A Preamble as an introductory statement of the Agreement, setting out the Agreement’s purpose, underlying principles and philosophy and an outline of cooperation to date;
- Seven Titles which concern the Basis for Cooperation; Human Rights, Fundamental Freedoms, Democracy and the Rule of Law; International Peace and Security and Effective Multilateralism; Economic and Sustainable Development; Justice, Freedom and Security; Political Dialogue and Consultation Mechanisms; and Final Provisions;