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Press Releases, 10/22/2013 | Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Free trade agreement between the EU and Canada

Press release 223/2013
21 October 2013

On 18 October 2013, EU and Canada reached a political agreement on concluding an ambitious free trade agreement. Negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU, its Members States and Canada have continued since their launch in 2009. Honing of the agreement details will continue before it can be given final approval.

The agreement will foster economic growth and employment on both sides of the Atlantic. It is expected to increase two-way bilateral trade in goods and services by 23% or EUR 26 billion and boost the EU gross national product by approximately EUR 12 billion a year. The economic impacts of the agreement will become clearer once the final text of the agreement has been formulated.

“This solution demonstrates the EU's ability to negotiate. The agreement may also have a positive impact on the negotiations conducted between the EU and the United States,” says Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb.

The agreement is expected to significantly lower the level of tariffs in bilateral trade between the contracting parties and create new market access opportunities in services and investment. In public procurement market, Canada will open access to European companies to engage in tenders at a regional level to a larger extent than it has done with any other agreement partner.

Finnish exports to Canada amounted to approximately EUR 596 million in 2012, representing one per cent of our overall exports. Finnish exports to Canada consist of, for example, oil products, machinery, equipment and motor vehicles. The value of goods imported from Canada to Finland, on the other hand, totalled EUR 346 million, which is 0.6 per cent of our overall imports. The imported products include ore, coal, motor vehicles, and aircraft.

In the future, negotiations will continue on the closer details of the agreement. Once these technical discussions are over, the parties will initialise the agreement. Decisions on signing the agreement and concluding it will become topical at a later date, and they will be made on the basis of the Commission proposals. In addition to the approval of all EU Member States, the agreement requires also the approval of the European Parliament.

Additional information: Lauri Tierala, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 295 351 778; Jukka Pesola, Head of Trade Policy Unit; and Mary-Anne Nojonen, Commercial Counsellor, tel. +358 295 351 494


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