This week European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that the legal review of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) English text has been completed. In a joint statement, Malmström and Freeland expressed confidence that CETA will be signed by the end of this year and will enter into force in 2017.
The two sides announced conclusion of CETA negotiations in 2014, but progress on the agreement has been slowed by controversy over its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions. The Canadian government posted an updated FAQ document on the agreement and the European Commission issued an updated factsheet. The full CETA text is also now available online.