It is estimated that the European Union Member States and Canada exchange nearly 90 billion euro in bilateral trade in goods and services annually, the recently concluded Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is set to further expand this strong trading partnership. In January 2017, the EU launched the Market Access Support Program for EU Businesses in Canada in the CETA Context (CETA Market Access Program) with the threefold objectives to:
Help EU business, and particularly small and medium sized enterprises, to gain comprehensive, sector-specific information about the new opportunities that CETA will bring.
Identify existing market access barriers in Canada on both federal and provincial levels, and to provide recommendations to the EU Institutions, EU business associations, networks and chambers for defining adequate mitigating strategies.
Create a sustainable channel of communication between EU business in or seeking to enter Canada, and EU market access stakeholders to allow for a more targeted approach to market access issues and allow for a collective addressing of these issues, as appropriate.
This Program is being implemented by DEVELOPMENT Solutions in cooperation with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG). The Program Team will be working closely with the EUCCAN.