CELCAA welcomes the Council signature of CETA and urges the European Parliament to give its consent for a swift implementation November 02, 2016

Meeting on 30th October 2016 in Brussels, the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The European Parliament must now give its consent before many provisions of the agreement can be provisionally implemented, in January 2017. 

For the EU agricultural trade, the increased market access, the protection of many European GIs and a fast track process for SPS issues provided in CETA are key vectors to support the growth and employment in the agricultural sector in Europe. President of CELCAA, Paul Rooke declared: ‘The outcome of CETA is balanced and ambitious for agriculture and promises to be positive for the EU agricultural sector and the agri-food traders who are SMEs in great majority’.  

The press release is available here

CELCAA Secretary-General, Pascale Rouhier, said “From the start, the EU agri-food chain has been a strong supporter of an ambitious EU-Japan FTA. I hope that expectations from the sector will be met in terms of tariffs elimination, and the removal of non-tariff barriers impacting EU exports. We also welcome the fact that Japan has agreed to recognise the EU system of Geographical Indications (GIs) to protect our agri-food products from imitations. Such a deal could result in a significant increase in our exports of high-value added products to Japan”.

Press release is available here