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Bilateral relations > Canada

Bilateral cooperation between the Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau is based on the 1999 EU/Canada Competition Cooperation Agreement signed at the EU/Canada Summit in Bonn in June 1999. The agreement provides for:

  • reciprocal notification of cases under investigation by either authority, where they may affect the important interests of the other party;
  • coordination by the two authorities of their enforcement activities, as well as of rendering assistance to each other;
  • one party to request the other to take enforcement action, and for one party to take into account the important interests of the other party in the course of its enforcement activities; and
  • the exchange of information not affecting either party's confidentiality obligations.

The Cooperation Agreement provides for an information exchange on

  • current enforcement activities and priorities,
  • economic sectors of common interest,
  • policy changes which either party is considering,
  • other matters of mutual interest relating to the application of competition law.
Competition Authorities:

Competition Bureau
Full text of regulations, publications, reports, etc. Website in English and French

Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission
Canadian telecoms regulator. Legislation, information and news. Website in English and French

Key documents

Framework Agreement for commercial and economic cooperation between the EU and Canada
Competition-related extracts - Official Journal L 260, 24.9.1976, p.22 pdf

Agreement between the European Communities and the Government of Canada regarding the application of their competition laws
Competition-related extracts - Official Journal L 175, 10.7.1999, p. 50 pdf

Related links
European Commission - Trade - Canada
European External Action Service – Canada