Chronology of events and key milestones
- September 21 2017 – Provisional application of CETA begins.
- May 2017 – The Canadian bill to implement CETA is granted royal assent.
- February 2017 – The European Parliament approves CETA.
- October 2016 – Canada and EU sign historic trade agreement during EU-Canada Summit.
- July 2016 – The European Commission (EC) officially refers CETA to the Council of the EU with a proposal for its approval and signature.
- February 2016 – Canada and the EU announce the completion of the legal review of the English text of the Agreement.
- September 2014 – At the Canada-EU Summit in Ottawa, leaders release the completed text of the Agreement. It is published in Canada in both of Canada’s official languages.
- August 2014 – Canada and the EU announce that they have reached a complete text of the Canada-EU Trade Agreement, marking the conclusion of negotiations. Canada and the EU proceed with a thorough legal review and translation of the text into the other 22 EU treaty languages.
- October 2013 – Canada and the EU announce that they have reached an agreement in principle.
- February 2013 – Canadian and EU trade and agriculture ministers meet in Ottawa to further narrow the remaining outstanding issues in the negotiations.
- November 2012 – Canadian and EU trade and agriculture ministers meet in Brussels, Belgium, to take stock of progress and discuss outstanding issues.
- February 2012 – Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for international trade meet in Ottawa and recognize the trade negotiations with the EU as a priority.
- October 2011 – Nine formal rounds of negotiations are completed, with significant progress made across all sectors. Negotiations move into a more intensive and focused phase.
- December 2010 – Canadian and EU trade ministers meet to take stock of progress to date, instructing negotiators to maintain the pace and ambition of negotiations.
- October 2009 – A successful and productive first round of negotiations toward an Agreement is held in Ottawa. Both sides made efforts to identify common ground and set an ambitious negotiating timeline.
- May 2009 – Canada and the EU announce the launch of trade negotiations at the Canada-EU Summit in Prague, Czech Republic.
- March 2009 – A Canada-EU joint report is finalized, defining the scope of potential negotiations.
- December 2008 – A notice is published in the December 20, 2008, Canada Gazette seeking Canadians’ input on the possibility of negotiating a trade agreement with the EU. These consultations were open to all stakeholders and groups.
- October 2008 – Canada and the EU issue a joint study, “Assessing the Costs and Benefits of a Closer EU-Canada Economic Partnership”, which provided supporting rationale for a launch of negotiations.
- June 2007 – At the 2007 European Union (EU)-Canada Summit in Berlin, Canadian and EU leaders agree to conduct a joint study examining the costs and benefits of pursuing a closer economic partnership.
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