January 11th, 2017

As the entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada draws closer, legal counsel Didier Culat was in Paris and Lyon in late November to raise the awareness of French business people as to the economic opportunities provided by this new free trade agreement.

Mr. Culat was invited by the Centre Jacques Cartier, the Lyon-based agency providing scientific and academic exchanges between Québec and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, to be a guest speaker during the Entretiens Jacques Cartier event.

“From the moment CETA enters into force, 99% of customs tariffs between our two economies will be eliminated. This is monumental. By comparison, the implementation of the free trade agreement with the United States was carried out over a seven-year period. My message is simple: France must make the most of this new agreement and export,” pointed out Mr. Culat, a Lyon native himself.

To this end, the lawyer emphasized the importance of being well-prepared before entering Québec and Canada marketplaces. His presentation, made before an audience of entrepreneurs, business people and lawyers in Lyon, focused on deciphering the rules of origin included in the agreement. “The CETA includes 176 pages of text entirely dedicated to the rules of origin. We, as lawyers, are here to help businesses make sense of it all and achieve a thriving export strategy”, noted Mr. Culat.

The legal journal Droit Inc. took notice of our lawyer’s expertise and included some of his insights in this article (in French).

Didier Culat was also a guest speaker in the course of the Paris Bar formal opening this past November 22, an event during which he took part in the “Le monde judiciaire : les avocats vecteurs de liberté et de développement économique “ round table alongside, among others, former French Minister of European affairs Noëlle Lenoir.

To read Didier Culat’s latest article, « Are you ready for Europe? », click here.