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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The European Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Why the speaker things that the EU-Canada bilateral relationship remains a uniquely important one for both sides, and why the EU and Canada are definitely "partners that matter" to each other. Progress, but questions of relevance. Strong historical and cultural links. Issues addressed. The economic co-operation agreement of 1976 and subsequent agreements. The danger of comparisons between trade agreements. Trade and global trade - some comments. Investment. Ensuring that those EU and Canadian firms who do wish to export to or invest on the other side of the Atlantic face the fewest possible obstacles. The main obstacles to transatlantic trade and investment and how those barriers have changed. Remaining firmly committed.