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Fact Sheet

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General Information

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
5-year trade
Canada - European Union
Year Exports Imports
2009 $29,804 $45,396
2010 $34,595 $48,009
2011 $40,110 $52,095
2012 $38,689 $50,568
2013 $33,202 $53,155
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - European Union
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $398,194,407 $315,694
02 Veg. Prod. $1,752,852,968 $451,873
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $28,113,061 $168,475
04 Food Prod. $400,617,974 $3,251,582
05 Mineral Prod. $4,564,243,057 $4,795,113
06 Chemical Prod. $2,791,424,618 $9,097,621
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $313,078,778 $1,474,550
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $126,068,699 $439,105
09 Wood Prod. $433,422,217 $203,317
10 Paper Prod. $581,417,874 $654,619
11 Textiles Prod. $149,595,679 $824,948
12 Dress Access. $17,264,705 $312,936
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $51,906,507 $652,701
14 Precious Metals/stones $9,931,817,843 $966,097
15 Base Metal Prod. $2,440,246,664 $2,884,409
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $3,246,146,014 $13,881,259
17 Vehicles and Equip. $2,108,421,602 $8,256,693
18 Specialized Inst. $753,398,277 $2,634,576
19 Arms & Ammunition $71,597,547 $109,724
20 Misc. Articles $229,822,561 $930,538
21 Antiques $11,311,469 $111,815

Capital: Brus., Stras., Lux.
Population (million): 0
Total Area: 4,422,773km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.73 EURO (EUR)(2013)
National Holiday: May 9 (Schuman Day)
Language(s): 24 official, 3 working: English, French and German


Political Information

Type of State:
Union of member states

Type of Government:
Institutions: European Council, Council of the EU, European Commission, European Parliament, Court of Justice, European Court of Auditors, European Central Bank. Rotating EU Presidency: Greece: January 1 - June 30 2014 Italy: July 1 � December 31, 2014

Head of State:
President Euro. Council Herman Van Rompuy

Head of Government:
President European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso

Ministers:
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Catherine Ashton
Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht

Main Political Parties:
Seat distribution: (European Parliament) Group of the European People’s Party 274 Group of the the progressive alliance of socialists and democrats: 195 Group of the alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe: 83 Greens/European Free Alliance: 58 European Conservatives and Reformists: 57 Europe of Freedom and Democracy: 31 Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left: 35 Non-attached: 33

Elections:
European Parliament: 766 members (5 year terms) on 4-7 June 2009 (To become 751 at next elections) in May 22-25, 2014


Economic Information (2013)

Comparative figures
Type European Union Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 17882.52 1878.77
GDP per capita: ($) 0 53518.54
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.18 2.01
Inflation: (%) 1.54 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 0 7.08

Trade and Investment (2013)

Canadian exports to country: $33,202
Canadian imports from country: $53,155
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in European Union: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador David Plunkett


August 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-11-19