The Government of Canada is negotiating a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union (EU). Further to the notice of intent to conduct a strategic environmental assessment of the CETA negotiations originally published in the Canada Gazette on July 18, 2009, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has completed an Initial Environmental Assessment of the negotiations.
The Government of Canada is committed to sustainable development. Mutually supportive trade, investment and environmental policies can contribute to this objective. As a result, the Minister of International Trade has directed trade officials to consider, when appropriate, potential environmental effects of trade negotiations. Strategic environmental assessments of trade negotiations are critical to this work. This Initial Environmental Assessment seeks to consider the potential effects of new trade and investment in Canada that may directly result from a CETA with the European Union.
Strategic environmental assessments of trade negotiations are prepared pursuant to the 2010 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan, and Program Proposals. Further guidance is provided by the 2001 Framework for Conducting Environmental Assessments of Trade Negotiations.
The Initial Environmental Assessment can be found at the following Web site:
- Initial Environmental Assessment of the Canada-EU CETA negotiations: www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/eu-ue/initialEA-ceta-aecg-EEinitiale.aspx?lang=eng.
For more information on the Canada-EU CETA negotiations, please visit the following Web site:
- Canada-European Union: negotiations toward a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement at www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/eu-ue/can-eu.aspx?view=d.
The Government welcomes comments on this Initial Environmental Assessment.
All interested parties are invited to submit their comments on the Initial Environmental Assessment of the CETA negotiations by Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Comments can be sent by email, fax or mail to email@example.com (email), 613-943-1102 (fax), Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Secretariat (TEU), Environmental Assessment — Canada-EU CETA, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2.