As part of the CETA market access programme offered by the EU, hub.brussels is inviting you to an informational seminar in Brussels on 12 December 2019, where we will shed some light on the implications of the free trade agreement with Canada, in particular for the service industry.

In order to inform European companies, and especially SMEs, on the new possibilities opening up to them in the Canadian market and to facilitate their business relations with Canada, the EU has implemented a programme for access to the CETA market. Thanks to this programme, companies have access to a knowledge base that explains and demonstrates how to benefit from the free trade agreement.

CETA: what are the challenges for the service industry?

The informational seminar, organised as part of this programme, will be held on 12 December (from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm) in our offices where we will be joined by Canadian expert and witness entrepreneurs. We will cover the major issues related to CETA which your company is (or may be) confronted with in the Canadian market, especially if it operates in the service industry:

  • How can Belgian companies participate in calls for tender in Canada?
  • What services can be provided without a work permit?
  • Recognition of titles and qualifications: where are we at?
  • What are the implications in terms of data protection (GDPR)?

Location: hub.brussels, chaussée de Charleroi 112, 1060 Brussels – Salle Toison d’or and Tour & Taxi, 4th floor.


9.00 – 9.30: Registration and welcome coffee

9.30 – 9.35: Opening remarks and introduction – Olivier Costa, Economic and Commercial Attaché, European Institutions, hub.brussels

9.35 – 9.45: Role and objectives of the “CETA Market Access Program” Maryna Kornilova, Project Manager, CETA Market Access Program for EU Business

9.45 – 11.00: CETA – focus on services, Mark Camilleri, Expert fromMarket Access Program for EU Business – CEUTIA »

Thematic discussion on the subjects proposed below – 15-20’ per subject:

  • Public procurement: access to Canadian calls to tender for EU businesses (at all levels). Focusing on the current lack of a centralised pan-Canadian tool.
  • Mobility of the workforce – employees – staff: which services may be provided without a work permit? Which services require a work permit?
  • Recognition of Degrees and Qualifications.
  • Product certification: what is the current situation? A practical example: electronic equipment

11.00 – 11.10: CETA and its involvement with the GDPR (TBC)

11.10 – 11.25: Networking break

11.25 – 11.50: How to export to Canada Gilles Brédas and Bart Schobben, Economic and Commercial Attachés for hub.brussels in Montréal and Vancouver

11.50 – 11.55: The Quebec General Delegation in Brussels

11.55 – 12.25: Business testimonials/ case studies – presentations or panel discussion (TBC)

12.25 – 12.35: Q & A

12.35 – 12.40: Conclusions,Frédéric Agneessens, from CanCham (Canada-Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce)

12.40 – 13.30:  Networking Lunch

Do you have questions about our CETA seminar? Ask Paul!

Paul Soupaya

Economisch en commercieel assistant Exporteren

Tel. : +32 2 800 40 46

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