Welcome to the Institute of European Studies project to promote dialogue about EU-Canada relations. Here you will find traditional research in the form of brief policy papers and analysis. The site is also an interface for the public to express their opinions on EU-Canada relations in general and economic and environmental cooperation in particular. The site will hopefully act as a gateway to the wider news and opinion forums that are available.
Negotiations to seal a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU are expected to wrap up this year. The latest round of talks take place in Ottawa next week with some tough areas still to be negotiated, including the thorny issue of public procurement. With the federal election campaign in full swing Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the talks are very much on track. A number of Canadian groups are campaigning hard against a CETA. On the other side of the Atlantic the European Parliament, which now has the power to veto any deal, is raising questions about the environmental impact of Alberta's oil sands and asking whether the EU wants to import oil from that province. The CETA is far from a done deal.
Scholars from the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue are on hand to comment on the issues behind the talks.
Kurt Hübner is Director, Chair for German and European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration and Global Political Economy at the Institute for European Studies, University of British Columbia. He is editor of the recently released book: Europe, Canada and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement; Routledge. Well-respected scholars from across Canada and Europe analyze the undercurrents of CETA as well as introducing the key areas which such a deal would encompass. The book provides analytical insights of relevance to policy-makers and students and scholars alike. Denis Saint-Martin's work focuses on public policy, federalism and intergovernmental affairs in Canada and in the EU. In the context of the CETA negotiations, he is interested in the governance arrangements related to global trade agreements. Amy Verdun is Jean Monnet Chair ad Personam and Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is an expert in European Union Politics, and the relations between Canada and the EU.
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The Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue has released a policy brief by Kurt Hübner. The paper, an interview with Prof. Christopher Kukucha, examines the issue of public procurement in the context of the negotiations between Canada and the European Union (EU) on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Partnership Agreement (CETA). The brief outlines Canadian political and economic concerns regarding the opening up of public procurement to foreign competition. The paper then traces the evolution of public procurement policy within the EU.