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Canadian operators to benefit from European trade agreement


May 2, 2017
By Keith Norbury

Crane operators are among the Canadian professionals who will “potentially” have their credentials recognized in Europe courtesy of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a.k.a. CETA, the European Union’s Commissioner for Trade wrote recently for the Globe & Mail.

“CETA will mean new opportunities for Canadians who want to work in Europe, and vice versa,” Cecilia Malmström wrote in the March 20 essay. “Professionals from architects to crane operators will potentially see their qualifications recognized across the Atlantic.”

Malmström added that the parties have agreed in the deal to strength environmental protections and workers’ rights.

“Trade should mean sustainable development — not a ‘race to the bottom’ on standards,” she wrote.

The commentary was published just weeks before the British Parliament set in motion the article for the U.K. to exit — or Brexit — from the E.U. Even without Britain, the E.U. “will still be Canada’s second-largest goods-trading partner,” Malmström wrote.


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