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Report of the CETA Committee on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications

March 24 and 26, 2021 (by videoconference)

First round of negotiations on an Agreement between the EU and Canada on the Mutual Recognition of professional qualifications of architects

The first round of negotiations took place via videoconference on March 24 and 26, 2021. The Parties were represented by the European Commission on behalf of the European Union (EU), and by Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authority (CALA) on behalf of Canada. Representatives of Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Governments attended as observers.

Both sides discussed all elements of the draft proposal for a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between Canada and the EU for the profession of architects. Overall, the discussions were productive. A significant amount of text was agreed to and positions clarified where an agreement could not yet be reached.

The following elements of the negotiations were discussed in more detail than others:

The EU committed to work on a possible compromise text and both sides tentatively agreed to meet again for an intersessional at the end of April and for a second round in May 2021.

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