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Canada-EU Summit: Creating good, middle-class jobs, and building a strong, secure future with European partners

St. John’s, Newfoundland and LabradorThe Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded his participation at the 19th Canada-European Union (EU) Leaders’ Summit in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where he was joined by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Canada-EU Summit: Creating good, middle-class jobs, and building a strong, secure future with European partners

Details of the Canada-EU Summit

Canada and the European Union have long shared a commitment to building strong economies that work for the middle class while standing together to address the challenges our world faces. This year’s Summit was an opportunity to take important next steps to create middle-class jobs and opportunities for people on both sides of the Atlantic and to build a stronger future for people everywhere.

About CETA

It has been over six years since the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) came into effect and growing trade has supported businesses and communities across Canada and Europe. With increased European demand for clean energy, getting even more Canadian resources like critical minerals and hydrogen to European markets will continue to create jobs and growth for Canadians. The Prime Minister highlighted important progress on Canadian hydrogen exports bound for European markets at the Summit. The Prime Minister also announced that Canada is facilitating the EU’s purchase of De Havilland water bomber aircraft, supporting good jobs for Canadian workers who will build these aircraft and bolstering Europe’s firefighting capabilities.

To deepen Canada and Europe’s partnership to fight climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, the Leaders launched the Canada-EU Green Alliance. At the Summit, the Prime Minister welcomed the European Union as the newest partner in the Global Carbon Pricing Challenge. Pollution pricing remains the most effective, efficient way to fight climate change while supporting the middle class.

Canada-EU Summit: Creating good, middle-class jobs, and building a strong, secure future with European partners

The Summit and Global Challenges

At the Summit, the Leaders also advanced shared work on addressing global challenges, from conflict to climate change. In the face of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, the Prime Minister announced that Canada will deploy a Canadian official to the G7 Multi-Agency Donor Coordination Platform to help ensure Ukraine can rebuild. The Prime Minister also announced that Canada is donating additional small arms and ammunition to Ukraine, valued at almost $60 million and sourced from Ontario-based manufacturer, Colt Canada. The package, part of the $500 million in funding for military assistance announced in June, includes almost 11,000 assault rifles and machine guns, along with over 9 million rounds of associated ammunition.

At the Summit, the Prime Minister reiterated that Canada will continue to stand firmly with the Israeli and Palestinian peoples in their right to live in peace, security, and dignity, without fear.

Canada-EU Summit: Creating good, middle-class jobs, and building a strong, secure future with European partners

Canada-EU Digital Partnership

At the Summit, Canada and the EU further deepened their commitment to harnessing the power of the digital space while protecting citizens. The Prime Minister announced the launch of the Canada-EU Digital Partnership, enabling Canada and the EU to work together to address new challenges in digital transformation. Canada will continue to increase collaboration under Horizon Europe, the world’s largest research and innovation program. The new Canada-EU Passenger Name Record Data Agreement will allow for pre-arrival risk assessments of travellers while upholding privacy protections.

The Leaders concluded the Summit with a joint Canada-EU statement.

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“When Canada and Europe work together, we create good, middle-class jobs, we grow strong economies, and we make progress in the fight against climate change. Over the past two days, President Michel, President von der Leyen, and I deepened our partnership on growing a strong, prosperous future for people on both sides of the Atlantic, protecting the environment, supporting research, innovation, and more.”