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The Hague, 24 March 2014
EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement
President Van Rompuy and President Barroso issued the following statement following their meeting with Prime Minister Harper today in the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague:
Today we concluded politically, together with Prime Minister Harper, the negotiations for a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). With the agreement, the EU and Canada have taken a crucial step forward in strengthening our strategic relations. Both sides are now committed to finalising the remaining technical and legal work expeditiously, so that it can be formally concluded as soon as possible.
The SPA enshrines the EU and Canada's joint values and will strengthen political dialogue and set the framework for cooperation in a broad range of areas. Beyond improving the institutional structure of the relationship, it will contribute considerably to the deepening of ties in all fields of cooperation such as education, transport, energy, the Arctic, as well as science and technology. Most importantly it enriches the political dimension of the EU-Canada relationship through enhanced foreign policy cooperation and by a heightened focus on issues such as crisis management and security.
Relations between Canada and the EU have seen a significant strengthening in recent years. Today’s breakthrough on SPA, together with the ongoing work towards the finalisation of CETA, mark the start of a new, stronger chapter in the long standing partnership between the EU and Canada.
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