What It Means for the EU and Canada

Date: 22 May 2018

Venue: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus, Hof van Liere, Tassiszaal - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Organization / co-organization: Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen - Actore

Short description: Workshop CETA and Progressive Trade Agreements


About the workshop

This international outreach and policy workshop will bring together public servants, scholars, civil society and students to analyse and assess EU – Canada trade relations.

The one-day workshop will consist of three consecutive panels:

  • First, panel participants will discuss the progressive nature of the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada.
  • In the second panel session, participants will discuss the negotiation and ratification process of so-called mixed agreements like CETA. Mixed trade agreements contain topics that fall under exclusive competence of EU institutions (Commission, Parliament and Council) as well as topics that are member state competences, meaning that member state parliaments participate in the process.
  • Third, the afternoon panel will delve into the implementation of CETA, both in Canada and in the European Union.


9.00 am    Welcome with coffee and breakfast snacks

9.30 – 11 am, Panel 1: How ‘progressive’ is CETA? Chair: Dirk De Bièvre (University of Antwerp)

  • Liina Carr (European Trade Union Congress)
  • Michèle Rioux (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Meredith Lilly (Carleton University, Ottawa)
  • Patrick Leblond (University of Ottawa)
  • Discussant: Tatjana Muravska (University of Latvia, Riga)

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.45 am, Panel 2: The EU CETA experience and EU member state ‘mixed’ competence: What does it mean for the EU’s future trade policy? Chair Patrick Leblond (University of Ottawa)

  • Sam Pieters (DG Trade, European Commission)
  • Christofer Fjellner TBC (Committee on International Trade, European Parliament)
  • Markus Gehring (Cambridge)
  • Sieglinde Gstöhl (College of Europe, Brugge)
  • Discussant: Crina Viju (Carleton University, Ottawa)

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30 pm, Panel 3: Implementing CETA: the long road ahead - Chair: Crina Viju (Carleton University, Ottawa)

  • Alan Bowman (Canadian Delegation to the EU)
  • Luisa Santos (BusinessEurope)
  • Renita Bhaskar (DG Trade, European Commission)
  • Robert Finbow (Dalhousie University)
  • Discussant: Ferdi De Ville (Universiteit Gent)


Registration: Via website

Contact email: dirk.debievre@uantwerpen.be

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/research-groups/actore/ceta-workshop/