October 11, 2018 – Rome, Italy - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Thanks to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA),
Canadian farmers and food processors are seizing opportunities to diversify trade
and contributing to meeting the Government of Canada's goal of $75 billion in annual
agri-food exports by 2025.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, today concluded his agricultural
outreach mission to Europe. During his trip, the Minister visited Spain, Belgium
and Italy to showcase Canada's agricultural sector to key industry and government
officials and to strengthen our mutually beneficial trade relationship.
The benefits and opportunities of CETA were highlighted throughout Minister MacAulay's
visit. In Brussels, he met with Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and
Rural Development, and Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food
Safety, to discuss agricultural opportunities and approaches to resolving market
In Spain, Minister MacAulay had a bilateral meeting with the Spanish Minister of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, to discuss the opportunities that
CETA is creating for both European and Canadian farmers, producers and exporters.
He also met with key agri-food investors and participated in industry roundtables
to promote investment in Canadian agriculture and agri-food and to identify new
opportunities for Canadian exporters.
In Italy, Minister MacAulay led three roundtable discussions on trade: one with
the Italian grain industry which included stakeholder groups from Canada, and two
others with Italian farmer organizations. During the meetings, the Minister advanced
market access opportunities for Canadian agricultural products, highlighting the
high quality and safety of Canadian agri-food products.
Also in Rome, Minister MacAulay met with José Graziano da Silva, Director General
of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to discuss Canada's priorities and
reiterate the need for the FAO to provide a neutral venue for engagement on challenging
topics related to innovation in the agriculture sector.
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"The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is
providing increased market access for a wide range of our high-quality agricultural
products. There are great opportunities available for our Canadian farmers and food
processors in the European markets which will help strengthen our agriculture sector,
grow our economy, and create more good paying jobs for Canadians." The Honourable
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"CETA is a landmark free trade agreement that is already translating into real growth
in bilateral trade between Canada and the EU. With reduced or eliminated tariffs
on many Canadian agricultural products, CETA is paving the way for Canadian farmers
to access the second-largest global market. Now is the time for more Canadian companies
to turn that access into new customers and new markets for their world-class products."
The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification
- Since the implementation of CETA one year ago, trade between Canada and the EU has
increased by nearly 10%.
- Many Canadian agricultural exports to the EU have increased, with maple syrup up
13%, blueberries and cranberries up 28% and corn up 82% since CETA entered into