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7 Feb 2012

Government of Québec unveils its European Strategy

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Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay today unveiled, in the presence of Québec’s representatives in Europe, the Québec Government’s European Strategy, which detail its objectives and priorities for Europe through to 2015.

“Our relations with Europe have expanded to include a broad range of trade and cooperation sectors, making Europe a major partner for Québec. Because of the proposed Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, the Québec-France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications and the Plan Nord, Europe offers new, promising prospects that Québec must take advantage of by maximizing the scope of its actions,” said Minister Gagnon-Tremblay.

Five priority objectives
The Strategy will make it possible to concentrate on the following five priority objectives:

  • Boost Québec’s economic prosperity

  • Stimulate cooperate in the areas of research and innovation

  • Promote individual mobility

  • Promote Québec culture

  • Increase Québec’s capacity to take action and develop its expertise

Economic, cultural and political measures
The 25 measures in the 2012-2015 Action Plan of the Strategy focus on the territories covered by the network of Québec representations in Europe. This network, together with numerous government departments and agencies, is in charge of implementing the Strategy

The goals of the measures are to:

  • Provide support via Export Québec and trade missions each year to at least 200 Québec companies that wish to do business in Europe

  • Strengthen cooperation between Québec and European research communities

  • Promote individual mobility in order to guarantee Québec companies access to qualified workers

  • Step up the promotion of Québec creators and artists among European broadcasters, networks and major cultural events

  • Attract more European tourists to Québec

  • Increase the exchange of expertise with European regions and countries in areas such as climate change and immigration

  • Develop economic, political and institutional relations with Russia, the crossroads between Europe and Asia, by opening a Québec Government Office in Moscow

Europe is Québec’s second largest trading partner after the United States and the most important market for Québec creators, making it a highly valued partner. The economic weight of Europe, its technological prowess, its geographic proximity and its business approach argue for an increase in mutual trade,” said Minister Gagnon-Tremblay.

Québec Government’s European Strategy 2012-2015 (in French)
Action Plan 2012-2015 (in French)

Left to right, front row: Michel Robitaille, Québec Delegate General in Paris; Christos Sirros, Québec Delegate General in Brussels; Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie; Charles Villiers, Québec Delegate General in Munich; Marjolaine Ricard, Director, Québec Government Office in Barcelona; back row: Pierre Boulanger, Agent-General, Québec Government Office in London; Serge Vaillancourt, Director, Québec Government Office in Berlin; and Amalia Daniela Renosto, Representative, Québec Government Office in Rome.
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