The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – implications for Scotland




The Committee took evidence on the 'Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – implications for Scotland’ from the European Commission at its meeting of 4 February 2016.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is an international trade agreement between the European Union and Canada.

The negotiations have finished, but before the agreement comes into force it must first be approved by the European Parliament and the governments of the EU's Member States.

Once it enters into force, the agreement aims to make it easier for EU exporters and investors to do business in Canada. It also aims to make it easier for them to sell goods and provide services on the other side of Atlantic and to help secure jobs in Europe.


The committee took evidence from the European Commission on 4 February 2016 from:

Renita Bhaskar, Deputy Head of Unit, USA and Canada
Colin Brown, Deputy Head of Unit, Legal Aspects of Trade Policy
Benjamin van Zeveren, Co-ordinator for bilateral trade relations with Canada, Directorate-General Trade, European Commission

Official Report 4 February 2016


On 26 February, the Committee wrote to the Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham, UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment with regard to a number of issues which emerged from the meeting on 4 February. Read the letter here:

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