The Canada-European Union annual summit will take place in Canada this year, likely in May or June.
While the summit agenda has included the financial situation, energy security, climate change, international peace and security, and development issues, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement has figured prominently in the discussions over the past number of years.
Those attending last year’s summit included the President of the European Council (Herman von Rompuy), the President of the European Commission (Jose Manuel Barroso), the European High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (Catherine Ashton), Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Trade Minister Peter Van Loan.
These annual summits have taken place in Brussels (2010), Prague (2009), Quebec City (2008), Berlin (2007), Niagara-on-the-Lake (2006), and numerous times in Ottawa (2004, 2002, 2001, 2000). They have often taken place in the spring, but as recently as 2008 the summit took place in October.
The date and venue of this year’s summit has not yet been set.
A campaign blog on the last Canada-EU summit can be read at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=3485.