Three young Canadian journalists had the opportunity to tour EU institutions in Brussels. Exceptionally this year, they also attended a Plenary Session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. In Brussels, the young journalists participated at the European Commission’s Midday Press Briefing and had topic specific meetings with experts at the European External Action Service as well as at the European Council. The study tour also included several occasions to network with European journalists and media professionals. The week-long study tour took place between 22-29 October 2016 and aims to give young Canadian journalists a chance to advance their career goals and create life-long bonds with Europeans. Next edition will be launched in March 2017.
On 30 October, the European Union and Canada took their relationship to a new level by signing a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, CETA, and a new Strategic Partnership Agreement. As President Juncker said, this new dual political framework symbolise the commitment of the EU and Canada to a shared future. It also set out a common project with ability to improve the lives of millions of Canadians and Europeans.