Mark Warner was interviewed by CBC News on the delay in the preliminary implementation of the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA) in connection with Prime Minister Trudeau’s meeting with the new Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar. (July 3, 2017) At the subsequent G20 Meeting in Hamburg Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Prime Minister agreed to set the date of 21 September 2017 to start the provisional application of the CETA “thus allowing for all the necessary implementing measures to be taken before that date.” Mr. Warner was Legal Director of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade and advised Ontario in the CETA negotiations and on several NAFTA Chapter 11 Investor-State arbitrations. Mr. Warner, a Canadian and U.S. lawyer, has  previously worked on trade and competition issues as counsel in the OECD Trade Directorate. As a partner in a leading boutique law firm in Brussels specializing in European and international law, Mr. Warner negotiated with European Commission Competition officials the first ever notified merger of companies from accession countries (Polish and Czech oil companies) following EU expansion in 2004.