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EU-Canada Summit joint declaration, Montreal July 2019

Verantwortlicher Autor: Peter Schellinck Brussels, 04.09.2019, 20:24 Uhr
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Brussels [ENA] EU and Canadian leaders agreed to intensify EU-Canada relations and step up cooperation to address global challenges. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, met in Montreal on 17-18 July 2019 for the 17th Canada-European Union Summit. At the summit, leaders from both sides discussed strategic cooperation on global challenges.

"For the EU, Canada is a strong ally and a very good friend. Canada shares our vision of the world, our values and our objectives. We are both passionate believers in democracy, rule of law, human rights, solidarity among people and nations, as well as rules-based international order." Remarks by President Tusk following the EU-Canada summit. "We share a common resolve for rapid and concerted action to address the unprecedented challenges facing the multilateral trading system and to fight back against growing protectionist tendencies around the world."

At the summit, leaders from both sides discussed strategic cooperation on global challenges, including in science, technology and innovation. Foreign and security issues also featured on the agenda. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, represented the EU. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau represented Canada. They adopted a joint statement at the end of the summit: 1. The partnership between Canada and the European Union (EU) is deep and lasting, with its roots in shared values, a long history of close cooperation, and strong people-to-people ties.

2. The Canada-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) reflect our shared commitment to addressing global challenges in a manner that benefits our citizens, upholds our values, and strengthens the rules-based international order. 3. We will further deepen our cooperation to deliver economic growth that benefits everyone, combat climate change and protect the environment, advance international peace and security, promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and foster innovation.

The EU and Canada also signed an Ocean Partnership to improve conservation and sustainable use of the ocean. At the same time both sides committed to the full implementation of the EU-Canada free trade agreement, also known as CETA. The deal is fuelling growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic, since it entered into force provisionally in September 2017. Leaders also called for the defence of the rules-based multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) at its core.

Both sides reaffirmed their strong commitment to the Paris Agreement. They called on all parties to fully implement the agreement. The EU and Canada discussed how to mitigate the impact of climate change and preserve global biodiversity, the Arctic and oceans. The EU and Canada signed an Ocean Partnership to improve conservation and sustainable use of the ocean. "We call on all countries to respond credibly with ambition to meeting the Paris objectives, and we remain determined to show leadership through ambitious long-term greenhouse gas reductions strategies by 2020, and strengthening bilateral cooperation in all relevant forums." EU-Canada summit joint declaration.

The summit was an occasion to discuss foreign and security issues. On Iran, both sides recalled that the nuclear deal (JCPOA) is a critical achievement in global nuclear non-proliferation. They urged the country to abide by its commitments as part of the agreement: "Canada and the EU urge Iran to reverse these activities and return to full JCPOA compliance without delay. Both sides continue to regret the decision by the United States to withdraw from the JCPOA and reimpose sanctions." EU-Canada summit joint declaration Regarding Ukraine, the EU and Canada reiterated their continued condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia.

Leaders also discussed the Venezuela crisis. They agreed to increase cooperation to contribute to a political, peaceful, and democratic solution to the Venezuelan crisis. On Syria, the EU and Canada urged for the protection of civilians, the end of hostilities and the need to secure humanitarian access throughout the country. The EU and Canada also discussed cooperation in areas such as migration, cyber threats and counter-terrorism. Both sides concluded negotiations for a new Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement. The agreement will play a vital role to enhance security while ensuring privacy and the protection of personal data.

The EU and Canada reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation on science, technology and innovation, including on artificial intelligence. Both sides also reaffirmed their mutual commitment to human rights and democracy. They agreed to work more closely together on these vital issues in key multilateral organisations and on the ground in the most challenging areas. Besides, leaders discussed ways to support further social inclusion, gender equality and inclusive growth.

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