In 2002, the European Commission and the Government of Canada agreed to “design a new type of forward-looking, wide-ranging bilateral trade agreement covering…new generation issues and outstanding trade barriers.”

On May 6, 2009, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced the launch of formal negotiations towards the new trade and investment agreement, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

CETA is intended to build upon previous economic cooperation agreements between Canada and the EU, starting with the 1976 Framework Agreement for Commercial and Economic Co-operation, as well as the 1998 EU-Canada Trade Initiative.

While the scope of CETA is broad, this F.A.Q. will focus on intellectual property issues.

This F.A.Q. was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


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Official Sites

Government of Canada (Foreign Affairs and International Trade):

Mission of Canada to the EU:

European Commission:

EC Delegation to Canada:

NGOs and Academics:

Michael Geist:

Council of Canadians:

Trade Justice, a Canadian collective of NGOs:

Reports and Studies:

A Trade Sustainability Impact Analysis relating to the Negotiation of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada

Canada EU Joint Study on Assessing the Costs and Benefits of a Closer EU-Canada Economic Partnership

Canada-European Union Joint Report: Towards a Comprehensive Economic Agreement