The Embassy of Canada in Berlin
Address: Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (30) 20 312 - 0
Fax: (+32) 2 513 07 41
Amb. Stéphane Maurice Dion
Stéphane Maurice Dion (born September 28, 1955 in Quebec City) is a professor of political science, politician and Canadian diplomat. On January 31, 2017, he accepted the post of Ambassador of Canada to Germany and to the European Union. He was Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs for most of the government of Jean Chrétien, Minister of the Environment under Paul Martin and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the first year of Justin Trudeau's government. He has served in the Canadian House of Commons for more than 20 years, representing the Quebec riding of Saint-Laurent-Cartierville from 1996 to 2015, and Saint-Laurent from 2015 to 2017.
Bilateral relations are cordial. Canada is an important North American friend and ally and is receptive to European and German interests as a result of its history and national vision. Canada and Germany share common values and fundamental convictions. Germany and Canada are linked by their active involvement in international bodies and organizations, especially in issues of security and disarmament, human rights, humanitarian activities and peacekeeping operations. It is in Germany’s interest for Canada to maintain its strong commitment to Europe as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Mutual official visits are frequent. Federal President Gauck visited Canada in September 2014, the first such visit in 24 years. Then Canadian Prime Minister Harper paid a visit to Germany in March 2014. Federal Chancellor Merkel travelled to Ottawa on the 9th of February 2015, holding talks with Prime Minister Harper on the agenda during Germany’s G7 presidency. She had previously paid a bilateral visit to Canada in August 2012.
Bilateral economic relations are untroubled but the volume of trade fails to match the potential of the two countries’ economies. In 2014, German exports to Canada were worth EUR 8.6 billion and German imports from Canada EUR 3.4 billion. In German foreign trade statistics, Canada ranks 28th among buyers of German exports and 38th as a supplier of German imports. By contrast, Germany is for Canada the fifth most important exporter of goods and the eighth most important importer of goods. Germany’s main exports to Canada are motor vehicles and vehicle parts and machinery. Its principal imports from Canada are raw materials. In addition, the two countries supply each other with electrical and optical goods and chemical products.
Canada and Germany concluded a double taxation agreement in 2002, superseding that of 1981. A Framework Agreement for Commercial and Economic Cooperation has been in force between the European Union and Canada since 1976, an accord on cooperation in science and technology since 1995, a wine and spirits agreement since 2003 and an air transport agreement since 2009. Negotiations on the text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) were concluded in September 2014. The signing and ratification of the agreement are in preparation.