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News, 1/30/2018

Propose activities for regulatory cooperation between the EU and Canada

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been applied since September 2017. The agreement provides for voluntary regulatory cooperation between the EU and Canada. The Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) is a mechanism set up to develop this cooperation. The first meeting of the RCF will be organised in the summer of 2018.

The European Commission is inviting stakeholders to present proposals for possible sectors/issues in which the EU and Canada could engage in regulatory cooperation activities. The proposals must be sent to the Commission by 16 February.

Proposals are requested from, for example, academia, think-tanks, civil society and non-governmental organisations, trade unions, businesses and consumer organisations.

The EU and Canada conduct regulatory cooperation only in issues that are of interest for both Parties in that they contribute to such matters as the protection of human life, food safety or the environment.  The cooperation may be related, for instance, to the approach that the EU and Canada take towards certain new technological solutions or to the areas in which the EU and Canada work together to promote common regulatory approaches in international fora.

More information on the website of the European Commission.

The proposals must be sent by 16 February 2018. Proposals are requested via email on TRADE-E1-US-CANADA-EVENTS@ec.europa.eu and on GROW-A4@ec.europa.eu.

Inquiries: Marja Kuosmanen, Counsellor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 350 110, or Heli Siikaluoma, Commercial Counsellor, Market Access Unit, tel. +358 295 351 133

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.

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