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Civil Society Dialogue on WTO negotiations on e-commerce

  • Date: 13/02/2019, 14:30-16:00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Charlemagne Building, room Lord Jenkins, 170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 08/02/2019 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 13/02/2019, 14:30-16:00 (registration closed)
  • Location: Charlemagne Building, room Lord Jenkins, 170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 08/02/2019 12:00

On 25 January 2019 the EU and 48 other WTO Members endorsed the launch of WTO negotiations on e-commerce. The announcement came after one year of the successful exploratory talks that took place in the context of the e-commerce Joint Statement initiative that was launched during the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference.

With this initiative, a large and diverse group of WTO Members have demonstrated that it is possible to work differently in the WTO: e-commerce negotiations will take place among interested participants but the process will be open to all WTO Members and the negotiated outcomes will eventually form part of the WTO rulebook.

On substance, this initiative is a unique opportunity to deliver long overdue trade policy responses in this cross-cutting and fast growing area of trade. While many participating Members have digital trade provisions in their bilateral or regional trade agreements, multilateral rules are needed to effectively tackle the challenges and to fully reap the opportunities related to digital trade, both in developed and developing countries.

The EU looks forward to starting negotiations as soon as possible, with the objective to negotiate a comprehensive and ambitious set of WTO rules and obligations enhancing both domestic and global e-commerce, facilitating operations of businesses, and especially SMEs, as well as strengthening consumers' trust in the on-line environment.

At the same time, the EU wants the negotiating outcome to be supported by as many WTO Members as possible. We therefore look forward to developing a flexible negotiating approach that takes into account the different opportunities and challenges that Members may face in relation to e-commerce.

The purpose of this meeting is to debrief civil society organisations on the WTO e-commerce Joint Statement initiative and to discuss the EU objectives in the negotiations. The Commission looks forward to hearing civil society views and expectations in this regard.

Lead participants
Head of Unit, Services, Directorate-General for Trade (DG Trade)
Trade Negotiators, Services, DG Trade

DG TRADE organigramme
 
Agenda
1. State of play of the WTO e-commerce Joint Statement Initiative
2. EU objectives for the WTO negotiations on e-commerce
3. Open discussion with stakeholders
 

Relevant documents
Joint Statement on electronic commerce, 25 January 2019
EU press release regarding the Joint Statement on electronic commerce, 25 January 2019
Joint Statement on electronic commerce of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference, (under joint ministerial statements) 13 December 2017

 

 

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Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union
  • American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Apex-Brasil Brussels-Europe
  • Assocalzaturifici
  • Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V.
  • Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs
  • BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
  • Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry
  • Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens
  • Danish Shipping
  • Danish Shipping
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • DIGITALEUROPE
  • EuroCommerce
  • EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION
  • European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • European Digital Rights
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Express Association
  • European Furniture Industries Confederation
  • European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association
  • European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
  • Fagbevægelsens Hovedorganisation
  • Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry
  • FoodServiceEurope
  • Handelsverband Deutschland
  • IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organizations
  • International Trade Union Confederation
  • Koepel van de Vlaamse Noord-Zuidbeweging - 11.11.11
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • ORGALIME – Europe's Technology Industries
  • Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques
  • The Danish Chamber of Commerce
  • Wirtschaftskammer Österreich