The Institute for European Studies of the ULB and the Embassy of Canada in Belgium and Luxembourg organised a new webconference on Transatlantic cooperation beyond CETA, on March 29th ,2021. This event followed a first one “Évaluer le CETA : acquis, problèmes et contexte international” (Evaluating CETA: achievements, problems and international context) on June 5th, 2020.
This conference addressed new dimensions of this cooperation through three panels focusing respectively on the necessity to take into account democratic requirements, the redefinition of trade priorities in light of the pandemic and the launch of common diplomatic action in multilateral fora.
The webconference was opened with a few welcome words by H.E. Alain Gendron, Canadian Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, who welcomed this “new meeting allowing the participation of the general public with more inclusive panels for an even richer debate”.
The IEE Vice-President, Professor Emmanuelle Bribosia, then underlined the “pleasure of having the opportunity to follow rich and interdisciplinary exchanges again” as the democratic, economic or legal issues at the heart of this transatlantic cooperation echo burning issues.
This event offered an opportunity to initiate a discussion between European, Belgian and Canadian academics and practitioners on the future of transatlantic cooperation beyond trade.