Martin Schulz on the EU-Canada Summit
© European Union 2016 - Source : EP.
Ahead of today’s EU-Canada Summit, President Schulz made the following statement:
“The presence of Prime Minister Trudeau in Brussels today for the signature of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement represents much more than a positive step in our bilateral relations, it signals that the EU and Canada are committed to working together to shape international relations and international trade on the basis of openness and shared values.
I thank Prime Minister Trudeau for the patience, openness and flexibility with which his government has approached the last stretch of negotiations.
Just a few days ago, we were reading in the press that CETA was dead. Today we have an agreement which can be considered as the standard for future trade deals. CETA is a good, modern and progressive agreement which takes on board Canadian and European concerns.
Today’s agreement is also a message to those who wrote-off the European Union as ineffective, inconclusive and inward-looking. The EU is not turning its back on the world, it is more committed than ever to working with its partners to defend its values and create opportunities for its citizens and enterprises.
Free, balanced and open trade is a lever for growth and job creation. We have a creative, educated and skilled workforce which can compete worldwide, if the level playing-field is respected. What we have to clearly oppose, and defend ourselves from, is unfair trade from places where workers’ rights are trampled on, where trade unions are banned, where products are dumped and where taxes are evaded and eluded.
It is not by isolating ourselves from others that we will defend ourselves from globalisation: it is by engaging and shaping the current trade system.
Canada wants to be our partner in making trade fairer and rule-based. I thank Prime Minister Trudeau for that and I look forward to continuing working with him, his government and the Canadian parliament to this end.”
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