To mark the 40th anniversary of the Framework Agreement for commercial and economic cooperation between the European Communities and Canada and of its presence in Canada, the European Union Delegation to Canada is hosting The European Union and Canada as Strategic Partners: Towards a New Generation Relationship, a conference aimed at highlighting their strategic relations.
This is the second in a series of four thematic conferences organised by the EU Delegation to Canada this jubilee year. The conferences offer an ideal occasion to look at how EU-Canada strategic relations have evolved and matured over the last four decades and to charter a new direction for the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership in the 21st century.
“Forty years ago, the EU and Canada signed the Framework Agreement for commercial and economic cooperation, the first such agreement the then European Communities signed with an industrialised country. This innovative and ambitious agreement laid the foundations for a strong, strategic partnership, which has brought significant benefits to our people on both sides of the Atlantic,”
European Union Ambassador to Canada
“We are finalising another milestone Agreement: the Strategic Partnership Agreement. This agreement will intensify already existing cooperation between the EU and Canada in addressing global challenges by virtue of our shared values and common interests,”
Ms. Alexandra Bugailiskis
Conference keynote speakers include Ms. Edita Hrda, Managing Director, Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS), and Ms. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. Panel discussions will touch on Global Foreign Policy Challenges and Global Cooperation on the Environment, Climate Change and Energy. Find full event programme here.
The SPA provides a new umbrella framework for the EU-Canada bilateral relationship and calls for the two partners to deepen their cooperation on economic issues of common interest, sustainable development, energy security and efficiency, the environment, and climate change.
The conference also coincides with 9 May Europe Day – also known as Schuman Day – when European unity is celebrated worldwide. It was on this day 66 years ago that Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Affairs Minister at the time and one of EU’s founding fathers, presented his vision of a united and peaceful Europe in his historic declaration. The Schuman Declaration, as it became known, led to the birth of the European Union – the world’s largest peace project.