- Ratification tracker: Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union was officially signed during the Canada-EU summit in October 2016. On September 21, 2017, CETA entered into provisional application in Canada and the EU. As a mixed trade agreement, CETA must be ratified by all EU member states before it will fully come into force.
As of February 2022, 15 member states have notified the European Council of completion of ratification: Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden.(The United Kingdom, which has left the EU, also ratified CETA while it was still a member state.) Member states that have not ratified CETA include the following: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Slovenia.
Contestation surrounding the ratification of CETA in EU member states has ranged from very limited to highly intensive. Opposition to CETA has focused on the following aspects: the proposed system of investor-state dispute settlement (through a CETA tribunal); the agreement’s impact on national sovereignty, agricultural and commercial interests; food safety; consumer and worker rights; public services; as well as the environment and sustainable development. Please click here for a more detailed explanation of these concerns.
Trade in goods and services between Canada and the EU has grown since CETA entered into provisional application . There was a COVID-19 related decline in 2020, but recovery in 2021 and further expansion is projected in 2022. Bilateral trade in 2020 was still 12.5% higher than pre-CETA in 2016. Moreover, preference utilization rates that measure the extent to which tariff preferences provided by the agreement are being used by importers and exporters have continued to increase. Please click here for a more detailed analysis of Canada-EU trade performance.
Debates about CETA ratification have differed significantly between member states. Please click on the member state below for an analysis of progress in the ratification process, as well as the issues that have dominated CETA-related debates.
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Author: Jake Rooke.