Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Min­is­ter speaks with Euro­pean Union’s Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment

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Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Min­is­ter MarieClaud­e Bibeau spoke on June 23 with the Euro­pean Union’s Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Com­mis­sioner Janusz Wo­j­ciechowski.

Min­is­ter Bibeau and Com­mis­sioner Wo­j­ciechowski em­pha­sized the strength of the Canada-EU re­la­tion­ship, es­pe­cially in agri­cul­tural trade. They re­it­er­ated the need to work col­lab­o­ra­tively to en­sure a well-func­tion­ing in­te­grated sup­ply chain in food and food prod­ucts be­tween Europe and Canada, which is es­sen­tial to safe­guard­ing the health and well­be­ing of cit­i­zens dur­ing COVID-19.

Both min­is­ters also em­pha­sized the need for free and open trade, es­pe­cially in the cur­rent COVID-19 cri­sis, and ben­e­fits of the EU-Canada Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic and Trade Agree­ment (CETA), pro­vi­sion­ally ap­plied since Septem­ber 2017.

In ad­di­tion, Min­is­ter Bibeau em­pha­sized that Canada and the EU need to co-op­er­ate to en­sure that our farm­ers and pro­ces­sors ben­e­fit from the trade agree­ment, un­der­scor­ing the im­por­tance of im­prov­ing EU mar­ket ac­cess for Cana­dian agri­cul­tural prod­ucts through the re­moval of tech­ni­cal bar­ri­ers to trade.

“Main­tain­ing strong trade with our Euro­pean friends and al­lies will be es­sen­tial for our eco­nomic restart. Dur­ing my dis­cus­sion with Com­mis­sioner Wo­j­ciechowski, I built upon the strength of that long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship and pro­moted the high-qual­ity of Cana­dian agri-food prod­ucts,” said Bibeau.

Quick Facts

• Since CETA pro­vi­sion­ally went into ef­fect in Septem­ber 2017, ex­ports of agri­cul­ture and agri-food to the EU have in­creased nearly 12% be­tween 2016 (the last full year prior to CETA) and 2019. Some of the commoditie­s to ben­e­fit the most from CETA tar­iff re­duc­tions are: cran­ber­ries (ex­ports up 130%); fruits and nuts (up 84%); dog and cat food (up 22%); and maple sugar and syrup (up 15%).

• Other commoditie­s that saw ex­ports in­crease in that time pe­riod are: canola seed (up 97%); kid­ney and white pea beans (up 30%); soya beans (up 13%); and corn (up 11%).

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