The Canada Europe Roundtable for Business is dedicated to creating business opportunities between Canada and the European Union. Founded in 1999, CERT develops company-member interests by contributing recommendations on trade and investment to government officials and hosting thematic, high-level meetings focused on developing strategic relationships between company executives and with government officials.

CERT is a strong advocate for comprehensive bilateral free trade and investment and organized the support of more than 100 Chief Executives for a greater level of ambition for bilateral commercial liberalization. The result included a Declaration in support of a Canada-EU Trade and Investment Agreement that was submitted to heads of government in late 2008. At the EU-Summit Summit on May 6, 2009 in Prague, the leaders of the European Union and Canada announced the launch of negotiations towards a comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA). 

On February 29th the Government of Canada and the European Commission announced that they had formally concluded the CETA treaty. Following translation and legal review, the CETA was formally signed at a EU Canada Leaders Summit in Brussels on October 30th. The agreement was ratified in the Canadian and European Parliaments in the first half of 2017 and came into force on September 21, 2017.

To read the consolidated version of all chapters, annexes and declarations for CETA click here.

Jason Langrish, CERT Executive Director, shares his views on how Britain should approach their Brexit negotiations with the EU.