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  • 09 Nov 2021 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Apply to pitch your solution for our Challenges now!

    The Call for Applications for the Third Challenge Pitch Event of the Low Carbon and Circular Economy Business Action (LCBA) in Canada is now open.

    If you are an EU Innovator operating in the Low Carbon and Circular Economy ecosystem, looking to expand your business to Canada, we invite you to view our 20 new challenges across 5 Sectors.

    The LCBA Canada project is the right place to showcase your innovative technologies to one or more of our Canadian Buyers.

    You can learn more about the Challenges on our website, and if your technology fits our Canadian Buyer needs, we invite you to submit an application.

    The Call for Application will run until 17 December 2021. If you have questions about the Challenge Process, contact us at todd.allmendinger@lcbacanada.com or info@lcbacanada.com. Please also review the eligibility criteria and see our FAQs.

    The LCBA Canada team also invites you to register on our Platform to receive more information and notifications, and to interact with our stakeholder community.

    This LCBA Canada project is a European Union (EU) - funded initiative, which aims to support the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase the adoption of economic circularity, using a business opportunity-driven approach. 

    Apply to a Challenge Here


  • 16 Sep 2021 14:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to varying degrees of travel restrictions in various countries during the epidemic, the "home economy" has emerged and online shopping has become the first choice for more and more people. Holland International Distribution Council is the logistics organisation in the Netherlands that can help you to take advantage of this new e-commerce revolution.

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  • 14 Sep 2021 16:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Border Controls Statement made on 14 September 2021
    Written by Penny Mordaunt, Paymaster General 

    The Minister of State in the Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon Lord Frost CMG, has today made the following written statement:

    On 31 December 2020, the UK left the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union. The Government put in place the staffing, infrastructure, and IT to ensure a smooth transition. Thanks to the hard work of traders and hauliers, we did not see disruption at our ports; and, despite dips in trade value with the EU in the early months, the monthly value of exports to the EU has recovered strongly.

    Now the UK is an independent trading country, our intention is to introduce the same controls on incoming goods from the EU as on goods from the rest of the world.

    The Government initially announced a timetable for the introduction of the final stages of those controls on 11 March. The Government’s own preparations, in terms of systems, infrastructure and resourcing, remain on track to meet that timetable.

    However, the pandemic has had longer-lasting impacts on businesses, both in the UK and in the European Union, than many observers expected in March. There are also pressures on global supply chains, caused by a wide range of factors including the pandemic and the increased costs of global freight transport. These pressures are being especially felt in the agri-food sector.

    In these circumstances, the Government has decided to delay further some elements of the new controls, especially those relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary goods. Accordingly:

    • The requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as opposed to 1 October 2021.
    • The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
    • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
    • The requirement for Safety and Security declarations on imports will be introduced as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022.

    The timetable for the removal of the current easements in relation to full customs controls and the introduction of customs checks remains unchanged from the planned 1 January 2022.

    The Government will work closely with the Devolved Administrations on the implementation of this new timetable, given their devolved responsibilities for agri-food controls.

    Full guidance to stakeholders will be provided on GOV.UK shortly.

  • 22 Jun 2021 14:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

    To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.

  • 14 Jan 2021 09:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is clean technology?

    Clean technology is broadly defined as any process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts: through environmental protection activities, through the sustainable use of natural resources, or through the use of goods that have been specifically modified or adapted to be significantly less energy -or resource- intensive than the industry standard.
    Clean technology and the energy sector overlap with certain technologies, including renewable / non-emitting energy technologies like solar, wind, hydro, wave, tidal, geothermal, biofuels, biomass, nuclear, carbon capture and storage, transmission technologies like smart grids and energy storage, and energy efficiency technologies like green buildings and co-generation.
    The most common applications are found in manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, transportation, power generation, water, agriculture, recycling and other energy efficiency activities.
    A company that invents, builds, assembles or services a technology – be it hardware/equipment, software/information technology (IT) or a consulting service – that protects the environment, efficiently uses natural resources, or saves energy or natural resources is considered part of the clean technology sector.

    Canada’s Cleantech and Innovation Strategy and what it means for EU companies in the context of CETA

    Canada is one of the fastest growing markets for clean energy and clean technologies. According to Canada’s Department of Environment and Climate Change, Canada’s clean energy sector has 20 times as much wind energy capacity and 125 times as much solar electricity capacity as it did a decade ago.
    Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan includes investments of nearly €923.78 million ($1.4 billion) in new financing on a cash basis. Funding is being allocated through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada. Under CETA, EU exporters of cleantech products and services can take advantage of opportunities created from the agreement over competitors based in countries that do not yet have a preferential trade agreement in force with Canada. The agreement eliminates all Canadian tariffs on EU cleantech products and gives EU firms access to regional and municipal procurement.

    A Practical Guide to the Canadian Clean Technology Market for European Union Companies is available below. It was commissioned by the EU Delegation to Canada in the context of the CETA Market Access for EU business project, funded by the Partnership Instrument of the EU.

    Cleantech Guide for EU Companies.pdf

  • 05 Nov 2020 17:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, held a Leaders' Virtual Meeting on 29 October 2020.

    The leaders re-affirmed their determination to continue joint efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in keeping with shared principles and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and based on the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement. They shared the commitment to take effective measures to protect health, ensure a robust economic recovery, and build more innovative, sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies. In this way the EU and Canada will emerge from this crisis stronger than before and in a better position to address challenges of the future.

    Stressing that solidarity, cooperation and effective multilateralism are essential to defeat the virus and accelerate the recovery, the leaders committed to continuing to work closely together in international fora including the G7, the G20, and the United Nations system. Since the start of the pandemic, the EU and Canada have been cooperating closely, including to ensure universal, equitable and affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests. In this regard, the EU and Canada, alongside other donors, co-hosted a pledging event for the ACT-Accelerator and continue to collaborate to build support for the global initiative, in particular its COVAX Facility, through high-level engagement. The leaders agreed that the EU and Canada will deepen their cooperation and exchange of information on COVID-19 vaccines including research, access, procurement and distribution. They also agreed to further advance their discussions on health matters.

    Both sides will continue to provide joint leadership in strengthening the WHO, and the global pandemic preparedness and response capacity more generally. The leaders stressed the importance of an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation of the international health response to COVID-19 as outlined in the World Health Assembly resolution of May 2020. 

    The EU and Canada are implementing the G20 Action Plan agreed by Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to support the global economic recovery and achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth, which should continue to be reviewed and updated. Leaders emphasized their commitment to build back better by putting in place recovery plans incorporating green transition and digital transformation, while leaving nobody behind. This includes finding new ways to ensure our SMEs take full part in the COVID recovery, including facilitating their use of digital tools to expand commerce and partnerships.

    Leaders also stressed the need to make global supply chains more resilient and improve the global level playing field while maintaining open economies. They agreed to deepen their work towards a strategic partnership on critical raw materials to support the green and digital transition. Leaders also welcomed further G20 efforts to support the most affected low-income countries, including in Africa, including by the extension of the G20/Paris Club Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI). Leaders also recognised that further debt treatment will be required on a case-by-case basis and called on G20 members to endorse the “Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond the DSSI” agreed by the Paris Club.

    On environment, the leaders stressed the urgency to step up global action to tackle climate change. As investments are being made to rebuild economies hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, they called for a green recovery. They also reaffirmed their commitment to the swift, full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and to their shared objective of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The EU and Canada will demonstrate increased ambition on reducing GHG emissions when updating Nationally Determined Contributions ahead of COP26.  They also reaffirmed their commitment to support developing countries transition to sustainable, climate-resilient economies, including towards the collective goal to mobilize USD$100 billion per year by 2020 from a wide variety of sources. Leaders underlined their commitment to move towards the circular economy, including through advocacy at multilateral level, and called for an ambitious global agreement to protect and restore biodiversity at the next Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in 2021 and for a strengthened global framework for sound management of chemicals and waste, at the International Conference on Chemicals Management in 2021.

    Leaders highlighted the close collaboration, underpinned by shared values, on ensuring a human-centric digital transformation. They noted ongoing planning for joint research in Quantum technologies. As founding members of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), the EU and Canada collaborate across multilateral fora to ensure AI and other digital technologies are advanced in a responsible manner that fosters public trust, including a focus this year on how AI can be leveraged to respond to, and recover from, COVID-19. 

    The leaders celebrated the third anniversary of the provisional application of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and welcomed its positive results, noting that bilateral trade between the EU and Canada had, by end of 2019, increased by more than 20% for goods and for services over pre-CETA levels. The leaders affirmed their determination to further facilitate and promote the implementation of CETA in all areas to the benefit of both Europeans and Canadians, and as an important tool in strengthening the post-COVID economic recovery on both sides. The leaders agreed to take new concrete measures to further CETA’s implementation in the areas of Trade and Gender, Trade and Climate Change, and Trade and SMEs, and welcomed Canada’s new membership in the  Enterprise Europe Network to promote SMEs taking advantage of CETA. Canada also will host a CETA Clean Tech Summit, when conditions allow, to foster partnerships and business opportunities for Canadian and EU cleantech in support of our respective green economic recoveries.

    The leaders agreed to continue working together, in the Ottawa Group and beyond, to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to protect and strengthen the multilateral rules-based trading system at a time of unprecedented crisis, and enable it to deal effectively with new global economic realities including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU and Canada will fully support the new WTO Director General. The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to reach a global and consensus-based solution on a fair, sustainable, and modern international tax system that addresses the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy.  Leaders urged the G20 Finance Ministers to reach an agreement on the remaining issues by mid-2021. 

    The leaders also discussed and agreed upon a range of foreign policy and security issues, including in relation to Belarus, Russia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Eastern Mediterranean, China, Sahel and Venezuela. On China, the EU and Canada expressed their deep concern about the continued arbitrary detention there of Canadians, EU and other foreign nationals. The leaders acknowledged the role of strong transatlantic relations in helping to better address current geopolitical challenges. Leaders also agreed to cooperate more closely in protecting their democracies against malicious cyber activities and disinformation, in tackling arbitrary detention, and in promoting the international rules based system as a whole.

    The leaders looked forward to holding the next EU-Canada Leaders’ Summit in the near future, when COVID conditions allow, in order to further advance cooperation between the EU and Canada in areas such as: foreign and security policy, international trade and the trading system, climate change and other environmental issues, clean energy, the Arctic, space, the digital transformation, research and innovation, public health, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals/development cooperation.

  • 29 Oct 2020 11:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    De landbouwafdeling in Washington, D.C. met de Verenigde Staten en Canada als werkgebied, stelt elk jaar thema’s en activiteiten vast die prioritair zijn in de werkzaamheden van het komende jaar. Dit stuk geeft u een inkijkje in de thema’s voor 2021.

    Rol landbouwafdeling

    De werkzaamheden van de landbouwafdeling omvat vaste onderdelen die ook in 2021 zullen worden voortgezet, waaronder:

    • het uitdragen van de visie van het Ministerie van LNV en beïnvloeden van relevante partners;
    • het volgen en rapporteren richting Nederlandse stakeholders over relevante beleids- en (internationale) handelsontwikkelingen in de VS en Canada;
    • het onder de aandacht brengen van Nederlandse aandachtspunten en belangen bij belangrijke stakeholders in de VS en Canada;
    • het behoud en het uitbreiden van de markttoegang voor landbouwproducten, kennis, innovatie en technologie in het werkgebied;
    • handelspromotie middels o.a. deelname aan beurzen, evenementen en handels-/innovatiemissies;
    • het beantwoorden van een breed scala aan vragen van het bedrijfsleven, ministerie(s), brancheorganisaties, consultants, kennisinstituten en onderwijsinstanties;
    • het verlenen van assistentie aan het bedrijfsleven (en competente autoriteiten) bij problemen aan de Amerikaanse en Canadese grens.

    Prioriteiten 2021

    In samenwerking met Nederlandse, Amerikaanse en Canadese stakeholders is een aantal thema’s geïdentificeerd als prioritair:

    1. VS: innovatieve tuinbouw, automatisering, precisie landbouw, duurzame (melk)veehouderij en voedseltechnologie, -verspilling en – verlies;

    2. Canada: proteïne transitie, voedselzekerheid, automatisering in de tuinbouw en de voedselverwerkingsindustrie.

    De uitdagingen en ontwikkelingen die in de VS en Canada spelen dienen als basis voor deze thema’s. Dat zijn bijvoorbeeld het tekort aan arbeid, klimaatverandering en extreme weersomstandigheden, veranderende consumentenvoorkeuren en de toegenomen vraag naar diversificatie, het creëren van toegevoegde waarde, het verkorten van de keten en duurzaamheid.

    Evenals in de EU heeft de COVID pandemie ook in Noord-Amerika een aantal zwakheden in het landbouwsysteem  blootgelegd. Voorbeelden daarvan zijn de sterke afhankelijkheid van goedkope arbeidskrachten, de grootschalige bulkproductie, consolidatie in de sector en de enorme afstanden die landbouwproducten afleggen. Daarmee is de vraag naar o.a. efficiëntere productievormen, automatisering en het verkorten van ketens toegenomen. Door COVID zijn niet zozeer nieuwe uitdagingen aan het licht gekomen, maar vooral de bestaande uitdagingen en ontwikkelingen versterkt en versneld. Het WAS-LNV team zal zich in 2021 daarom blijven focussen op bovengenoemde thema’s.

    Regionale focus thema’s - Canada

    In Canada is het afgelopen jaar is i.s.m. de lokale Nederlandse Consulaten Generaal en de Nederlandse Ambassade in Ottawa intensief gewerkt aan samenwerking met Canadese counterparts in diverse sectoren. Voor Canada zijn de focus thema’s per regio als volgt geïdentificeerd. Het komende jaar zal hier verder aan worden gewerkt met partners in Canada en Nederland.

    More information.

  • 28 Jul 2020 11:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CUSMA, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, came into effect on July 1st, replacing NAFTA. In Canada, it’s called CUSMA but in the US, it’s USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and TMEC (Tratato Mexico-Estados Unidos-Canada) in Mexico.

    With the exception of new Chapters on labour, e-commerce, SME’s and the environment, CUSMA is a cut-and-paste copy of NAFTA. The automobile industry is the most affected, as its rules of origin are more demanding, with higher percentages of North American content, new Labour Value Content rules, and a new requirement to use 70% of North-American steel and aluminium. Some of these new requirements are phased-in over several years. There are also minor changes in the rules of origin for garments, chemicals and cosmetics. For dairy, poultry and egg products, Canada has managed to maintain its supply management system, which the US wanted dismantled, but had to open the door to more US products, representing 3.6% of the Canadian market. No change regarding customs processes, with the exception of the NAFTA Certificate of Origin form replaced by an Origin Certification similar to the CETA one, though more detailed. And the Origin Certification can now be issued by the importer, which is a novel, unusual provision.

    The new Agreement is great news for Canada and it’s also good news for European firms already active or interested in the Canadian market, as it provides stability to the Canadian economy. And for a European exporter selling in Canada, serving the US market from a Canadian distribution center is both efficient and economical. Thanks to CETA, European products enter Canada free of customs duties. They can be re-exported and enter the US free of duty if they don’t exceed the US$800 ‘’de minimis’’ limit, an ideal tool for B2C and e-commerce. The proximity of the US border also makes it easy to set-up a reverse logistics system to receive and consolidate any returns.

    You can read the full article here.

  • 22 Jun 2020 16:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When we think of CETA we often think of elimination or reduction of barriers in the trade of goods and services (tariff and non-tariff), or investment opportunities. But CETA is also a great opportunity for companies in the EU to participate in government procurement processes, not only to the general procurement for federal departments and ministries, but also, to those of the provinces and territories. 

    This publication focuses on procurement opportunities for EU companies that do not carry on their business in Canada through a corporation.

    You will get keys and detailed process methods to contract with Federal government but also with provincial governments and specifically Ontario and Quebec. You can download the publication here.

  • 16 Jun 2020 15:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) represents one of the greatest technological transformations of our age. AI is radically changing the way people live, work and play. International and multistakeholder collaboration are critical to the responsible use and development of AI based on shared values such as human rights, diversity, inclusion, innovation, and economic growth for all.

    In this spirit, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, along with representatives of the 14 other founding members of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), today announced the official launch of this initiative. "In launching GPAI, the Government of Canada recognizes the need for the responsible development of AI. This builds on our Government's Pan-Canadian AI strategy to advance AI research and promote collaboration. Our partnership with Quebec in this area will help us ensure that AI benefits Canadians in an equitable and socially responsible way. By connecting the work of GPAI with the technological innovations of Montréal's AI sector and by establishing partnerships with the provinces and territories, we will produce useful research and expertise for governments around the world." said Minister Bains.

    In the wake of this international launch, the Government of Canada is also joining with the Government of Quebec to advance the responsible development of AI. Minister Bains, along with Nadine Girault, Quebec's Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, announced the opening of the International Centre of Expertise in Montréal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (ICEMAI) as well as the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under GPAI. "Quebec, and particularly the Montréal metropolitan area, is world-renowned in artificial intelligence research. The large university community, distinguished researchers, innovative companies, and numerous public and private investments in this rapidly growing ecosystem make it a trusted and recognized leader. The recent signing of the memorandum of understanding between the governments of Quebec and Canada sets out Quebec's role within the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence and demonstrates Quebec's indisputable leadership in the responsible development of AI. The Government of Quebec, working with the federal government and GPAI member states, will actively contribute to the advancement of AI to benefit humanity. Today, I am pleased to announce the opening of the International Centre of Expertise in Montréal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, which will play a key role in GPAI." said Minister Nadine Girault.

    GPAI will facilitate international and multi-stakeholder collaboration by bringing together experts from industry, civil society, governments, and academia. It will conduct activities across four themes, including two supported by the Montréal Centre of Expertise: Responsible AI and Data Governance. A corresponding Centre of Excellence in Paris will support the other two themes: Future of Work and Innovation & Commercialization. In light of the current pandemic, GPAI will also investigate how AI can be leveraged to respond to and recover from COVID-19.

    Several Canadian experts will contribute to the cutting-edge research and activities of GPAI's Working Groups on these themes, including Yoshua Bengio, Founder and Scientific Director of the Mila research institute in artificial intelligence, who will co-chair the Working Group on Responsible AI.

    International Centre of Expertise in Montréal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

    The ICEMAI, whose creation is being led by Montréal International, will be one of GPAI's two international Centres of Expertise, along with the Paris Centre of Expertise. The Centres will work closely with the GPAI Secretariat, which will be hosted at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In addition to its thematic work, the ICEMAI will also plan the first annual GPAI Multistakeholder Experts Group Plenary, to be held in Montréal in December 2020.

    The ICEMAI will work with the Government of Canada's Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence, Forum IA Québec, and the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies, as well as with experts from Quebec, Canada, and around the world to strengthen innovation and the commercialization of AI technologies.

    Signing of a memorandum of understanding on GPAI

    Ministers Bains and Girault also made public a MOU between the governments of Canada and Quebec on GPAI. Modelled on the Canada-Quebec Agreement on UNESCO, the MOU is the result of excellent cooperation between the two governments. It will enable Quebec to highlight the important role of its AI ecosystem, specifically in the area of responsible development of AI, and to take its place internationally as an essential partner and subject-matter expert. As an active participant in Canada's activities in GPAI, Quebec will be able to advance its scientific perspectives and recommend experts to GPAI's Working Groups.

    The MOU will also allow Quebec to participate in GPAI-related activities. The governments of Canada and Quebec will continue to involve and closely collaborate with other provincial and territorial governments to ensure Canada's work draws from the strong expertise in AI found from coast to coast.

    Beginning in 2018, the governments of Canada and Quebec recognized the importance of these international developments. In March 2018, the Government of Quebec announced a $5-million grant to set up an international AI organization in Montréal or attract one to the city. The federal government had previously committed to investing up to $10 million over five years to support the Montréal Centre of Expertise and GPAI. The total amount of the investment will be up to $15 million over five years.

    For more information and details of investments, visit here.
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