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D-CA: Delegation for relations with Canada

The Delegation for relations with Canada (D-CA) is one of the oldest delegations in the European Parliament, as its first meeting took place in March 1975.

More than three dozen inter-parliamentary meetings between the European and Canadian parliaments have since been held. The most recent took place in Brussels in June 2017.

These meetings alternate between Brussels and venues in Canada, usually including Ottawa. At the conclusion of these meetings, delegates usually agree on a common statement.

Bilateral relations

The original delegation was created just one year before the EU-Canada Framework Agreement for Commercial and Economic Cooperation was signed, in 1976.

This Framework Agreement was the first of its kind that the European Community signed with an OECD country.

Bilateral relations between the two partners have recently been upgraded through the negotiation, adoption and provisional entry into application of two significant treaties:
  • the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which has been provisionally applied since 21 September 2017, and
  • the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), provisionally applied since 1 April 2017.

Canadian counterpart

The Delegation's counterpart in the Parliament of Canada is the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association (CEPA).

CEPA was established in 1980 to provide a structure for exchanges between Canadian parliamentarians and several parliamentary interlocutors: the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, similar European parliamentary organisations and individual parliaments of all countries of Europe.

Historic visit

On 16 February 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
This was the first time a Prime Minister of Canada spoke to the European Parliament.

Prime Minister Trudeau underlined the commitment of both the EU and Canada to certain common causes, including
  • individual liberties,
  • free trade,
  • tackling climate change
  • combatting gender based discrimination,
  • fighting for justice and
  • maintaining global security.