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Premier holds trade, economic discussions with European Union ambassadors

Office of the Premier
Economic Development
19 March 2014

OTTAWA (GNB) – Premier David Alward became the first provincial premier to be officially received by the group of European Union ambassadors when he held discussions with them in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 18.

Alward met them as well as Marie-Anne Coninsx, ambassador of the European Union, to explore ways to increase trade and economic opportunities between New Brunswick and the Continent.

“The discussion was an opportunity to talk about the two-way opportunities for all of our jurisdictions and how these will be enhanced through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement,” said Alward. “New Brunswick’s workers and families will greatly benefit from increased trade and partnerships in the European market, one of the largest and most lucrative markets in the world. Sectors such as fish and seafood, forestry and wood products, agricultural, and chemicals and plastics industries stand to benefit from increased trade between our province and European Union countries.”

Coninsx, on behalf of the entire group of European heads of mission, thanked the premier for meeting with them.

“This meeting is part of our regular contacts with federal and provincial authorities, and I thank Premier Alward for coming to Ottawa to meet with us,” said Coninsx. “Closer engagement with provinces and territories complements our excellent bilateral relations with federal partners and underlines the importance of the provinces in the European Union – Canada relationship. My fellow European Union heads of mission and I welcome the premier’s visit as part of our efforts to forge closer ties with our Canadian partners.”

The European Union is New Brunswick’s second-largest export destination and fourth-largest trading partner. It is the largest integrated economy in the world, with more than 500 million consumers and a gross domestic product of $17 trillion.


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Media Contact(s)
Jesse Robichaud, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144.



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