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Canada and EU sign deal on crime, energy

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Canada and the European Union have signed a joint strategic partnership agreement on areas including energy and law enforcement.

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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton sat down to sign the agreement. The partnership is a road map for all foreign affairs issues between Canada and the European Union.

"The Canada-EU relationship has never been stronger. This was confirmed once more during our discussions here in Ottawa, where we agreed to further strengthen and broaden the scope of Canada-EU co-operation," Baird and Ashton said in a joint statement.

The document outlines enhanced co-operation in areas of law enforcement, organized crime, cybercrime, money laundering, research co-operation and energy security.

Canada is the first G7 country to sign this type of deal with the European Union. Canada and the EU still have to do legal reviews of the agreement before it is ratified.

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