Canada - European Community Wine and Spirits Agreement
Entry into Force of the Canada - European Community Wine and Spirits Agreement
On September 16, 2003, the Government of Canada and the European Union (EU) signed an agreement on wines and spirits that is expected to maintain stability in Canada's domestic marketing and distribution practices and significantly open the European market to Canadian products.
This agreement resolves past irritants in the wine and spirits sectors, and solidifies Canada's product access to the EU. As well, the agreement provides a simplified certification process for Canadian wine exports and protection for Canadian and European wine and spirit geographical indications. Protection for geographical indications of Canadian wine and spirits include the Okanagan Valley, Niagara Peninsula and Canadian rye whisky. As well, the EU benefits from the agreement's enhanced transparency provisions regarding liquor distribution systems in Canada.
Negotiations began on the Canada-EC Wine and Spirits Agreement in November 2001 and were concluded in April 2003. The agreement came into force on June 1, 2004.
- Text of the Canada – European Community Wine and Spirits Agreement Europa
- EU-Canada Trade in Wine and Spirit Drinks - Press Release - European Commission Europa
- Canada Spirit Drinks Trade Act AAFC
- Canada Makes Inroads in Europe for Wine and Spirits Industry - Press Release DFAIT (Archived)
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