Montréal, September 26, 2014 – The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is delighted with the official end of negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, which concluded today in the presence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
“We congratulate the governments on having taken another step toward ratifying the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, who was on hand in Parliament for this historic moment.
“This agreement will benefit businesses in the city, a natural gateway between North America and Europe,” Mr. Leblanc said. “Montréal has many clear competitive advantages that we need to start leveraging now to exploit the full potential of the European Union market, with its 500 million consumers and $18,000 billion in GDP.”
About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000 members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.
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Michelle LLambias Meunier
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4042
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