Canada and European Union Wrap Up Ninth Round of Historic Free Trade Negotiations

October 20, 2011 – Ottawa, Ontario – International Trade Minister Ed Fast (at the podium) announces that a productive ninth round of talks toward a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union wraps up October 21, 2011, in Ottawa. With him are Steve Verheul, Canada's Chief Trade Negotiator, and his European counterpart, Mauro Petriccione. Canada and the EU have now held nine successful negotiating rounds since October 2009. The two parties are moving closer to an ambitious agreement that has the potential to boost two-way trade by 20 percent, creating prosperity and opportunity for Canadian businesses, workers and their families.

Please consult the news release and Minister Fast's photo gallery.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332

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