Minister Van Loan to Promote Canada’s Trade Relations on Visit to Europe

Canada-European Union trade negotiations a priority in the international trade agenda

(No. A/115 - July 2, 2010) The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, will travel to Europe from July 3 to July 20, 2010, visiting Russia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia.

During his visit, Minister Van Loan will meet with government officials ranging from presidents and prime ministers to foreign and trade ministers. He will also meet with business leaders to promote and discuss Canada-Europe trade.

The visit is an opportunity to highlight Canada’s competitive advantages to European partners. These advantages include the lowest debt and deficit, as well as the lowest taxes on job-creating businesses, of any major developed economy.

Canada and the European Union are in the process of negotiating an ambitious trade agreement to create jobs and prosperity for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic. The Minister’s visit is primarily aimed at generating support for a Canada-EU comprehensive economic and trade agreement.

For more information, please contact:

Monika Bujalska
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Peter Van Loan
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000