EU Council and Commission Presidents in Canada for the 19th EU-Canada Summit

The 19th EU-Canada Summit is scheduled on 23-24 November, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, along with the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, will be travelling to Canada to attend it. 

The leaders will highlight the shared commitment of EU-Canada towards democratic values, multilateralism, and the international rule-based order, which forms the foundation of their relationship. They will also reiterate their long-term support and commitment towards Ukraine, including its sovereignty and security commitments. The leaders will discuss the military assistance, reconstruction, and reforms necessary for Ukraine’s European integration path and address the global consequences of the war.

During their upcoming visit to Canada, they will meet with Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, in St John’s, in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This meeting is an essential step towards strengthening the already thriving and unique partnership between Canada and the EU, which are strategic and like-minded partners. The meeting will discuss common concerns such as climate change and biodiversity loss. They will also explore areas of cooperation on new technologies, research and innovation, and building a sustainable and resilient economy. This meeting will also serve as an opportunity to review the progress made on the commitments reached during the last EU-Canada Summit in 2021.

The Summit aims to reaffirm the strengthened economic relationship between the EU and Canada, which has gained significant benefits from the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). In particular, the Summit aims to take concrete steps forward on the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership regarding Critical Raw Materials and enhance cooperation on climate change, green energy, and digital issues. Lastly, the leaders will emphasise the resolute and united response to Russia’s act of aggression against Ukraine and address other geopolitical concerns.

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