Celcaa invites the European Parliament to give its consent to CETA, at a lunch-discussion hosted by MEP Pabriks on 11th October 2016 at the EP October 12, 2016

At a lunch-discussion at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Artis Pabriks, rapporteur on CETA, on 11th October 2016, CELCAA highlighted the benefits of the agreement for the EU agri-food trade sector. European Traders in agri-food and agri-commodities invited the European Parliament to give its ascent to the trade deal negotiated between the EU and Canada. In particular the wine, dairy, fruit and vegetable sectors expect that this increased market access in Canada will help support their growth and the employment in these sectors.

The programme featured contributions from Daniel Costello, Ambassador of Canada to the European Union; Christian Burgsmüller, Cabinet Member of Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, responsible for Canada; Paul Rooke, Chair of CELCAA; Alice O’Donovan from the European Dairy Trade Association Eucolait and Jean-Marie Barillère, President of the European Wine Companies’ Committee. Speakers stressed that CETA will provide duty free access to 92% of European agri-food products to Canada, while sensitive products will be preserved from full liberalisation. CETA will also provide protection to European GIs, which is of utmost importance for the dairy and wine sector.

The Press Release is available here

The Infographic on CETA and EU -agricultural trade is available here