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Civil Society Dialogue on WTO negotiations on e-commerce

  • Date: 05/12/2019, 14:00-16:00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Charlemagne Building, room Sicco Mansholt, 170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 02/12/2019 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 05/12/2019, 14:00-16:00 (registration closed)
  • Location: Charlemagne Building, room Sicco Mansholt, 170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 02/12/2019 12:00

By the end of this year, six rounds of negotiation will have taken place since the start of the WTO negotiations on e-commerce in March 2019. These have seen a broad and diverse group of more than 80 WTO Members engage constructively on issues relating to both goods and services, on the basis of 26 written proposals submitted by participants, including the EU.

In its two submissions (of April and October 2019), the EU proposed to negotiate a set of broad and ambitious WTO disciplines ranging from the facilitation of electronic transactions (e-contracts, e-signatures), consumer protection, open internet access, data flows and telecommunication services, to improving market access in directly related goods and services sectors.


Discussions have overall been very detailed and have benefitted from the active engagement of a large group of Members, including the EU, the US, Japan, China, Brazil, Russia, and several ASEAN, African and Latin American countries. Divergent views on sensitive issues are also appearing, making progress more difficult in certain areas. Members are still meant to discuss the overarching legal framework.


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


Lead speaker
Head of Unit, Services, Directorate-General for Trade (DG Trade), European Commission

With the participation of the Head of Unit Policy Outreach and International Affairs, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Moderator
Head, Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit, DG Trade, European Commission
 

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


We would be grateful if participants could arrive 30 minutes in advance in order clear security and gain access to the meeting room on time. Please bring with you the confirmation of your e-pass and an ID card or passport.
 

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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
  • American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • amfori - Trade with Purpose
  • Asociación Española de Mayoristas, Transformadores, Importadores y Exportadores de Productos de la Pesca y la Acuicultura
  • Asociación Española de Mayoristas, Transformadores, Importadores y Exportadores de Productos de la Pesca y la Acuicultura
  • BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V.
  • Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V.
  • Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs
  • BUSINESSEUROPE
  • BUSINESSEUROPE
  • BUSINESSEUROPE
  • BUSINESSEUROPE
  • CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment
  • Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique
  • Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique
  • COMITE EUROPEEN des FABRICANTS de SUCRE
  • Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
  • Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
  • Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens
  • Critical Raw Materials Alliance
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • DIGITALEUROPE
  • DIGITALEUROPE
  • EBU-UER (European Broadcasting Union)
  • EUROCHAMBRES – Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • EuroCommerce
  • European & International Booksellers Federation
  • EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION
  • European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • European Community Shipowner's Associations
  • European Community Shipowner's Associations
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Express Association
  • European Express Association
  • European Furniture Industries Confederation
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • European Sugar Refineries Association
  • European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
  • European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers' Association
  • EUROPEAN TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION
  • Federation of European Publishers
  • Freight Transport Association
  • Freight Transport Association
  • Freshfel Europe - the forum for the European fresh fruits and vegetables chain
  • FruitVegetablesEUROPE
  • FruitVegetablesEUROPE
  • ICC BELGIQUE
  • IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • International Federation for Human Rights
  • International Trade Union Confederation
  • Latvijas Tirgotāju asociācija
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Lithuanian Investors Association
  • Mouvement des Entreprises de France
  • Orgalim – Europe's Technology Industries
  • PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE CATALUNYA
  • Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques
  • The Danish Chamber of Commerce
  • Toy Industries of Europe
  • Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband
  • Wirtschaftskammer Österreich