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Civil Society Dialogue on WTO negotiations on e-commerce

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

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Meeting details

  • Date: 05/12/2019, 14:00-16:00
  • 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
Deputy 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. (provisional)

  • Mr Miguel Alegre, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Mr Georgios Altintzis, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Mr Guillaume Arduin, Mouvement des Entreprises de France
  • Ms Léa Auffret, Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs
  • Mr Daniele Basso, EUROPEAN TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION
  • Ms Pauline Bastidon, Freight Transport Association
  • Mr Dominic Boucsein, EUROCHAMBRES – Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Ms Hannah Buchinger, Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Ms Isabelle Buscke, Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband
  • Ms Maria Caballero, FruitVegetablesEUROPE
  • Mr Henriks Danusēvičs, Latvijas Tirgotāju asociācija
  • Ms Anna Drozd, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Mr Moritz Eberl, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Ms Peace Egbulefu, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Mr Maurice Fermont, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Ms Haydee Fernandez Granja, Asociación Española de Mayoristas, Transformadores, Importadores y Exportadores de Productos de la Pesca y la Acuicultura
  • Mr David Frautschy Heredia, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
  • Ms Laure GICQUEL, Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques
  • Ms Elisabetta Galli, Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Ms Yvonne Handler , Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Ms Xenia Iwaszko, IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • Mr Klemens Kober, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Mrs Tonka Kostadinova, European Express Association
  • Ms Elisabeth Laird, Critical Raw Materials Alliance
  • Ms Ana Claudia Manuelito, EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION
  • Ms. Joana Martins, European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Ms Annette Meijer, European Express Association
  • Ms Franziska Mohr, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Ms Chloe Morice, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Ms Alien Mulyk, Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V.
  • Mr Milan Pajic, amfori - Trade with Purpose
  • Mr Harald Past, EuroCommerce
  • Mr Antonio Pavanello , CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment
  • Mr. Carlo Pirrone, Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Mr Anders Rehnberg, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
  • Mrs Marie-Christine Ribera, COMITE EUROPEEN des FABRICANTS de SUCRE
  • Mrs Isabelle Roccia, BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Ms Aida SHARZAD ASR, The Danish Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms Silvia Selandari, ORGALIME – Europe's Technology Industries
  • Ms Katarina Sipic, Asociación Española de Mayoristas, Transformadores, Importadores y Exportadores de Productos de la Pesca y la Acuicultura
  • Dr Jacinto Soler Matutes , PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE CATALUNYA
  • Mr Dominic Stanculescu, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Mr. David Torben, Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V.
  • Mr Carmelo Torres, FruitVegetablesEUROPE
  • Mr Enrico Turrin, Federation of European Publishers
  • Ms Petra Voelkerer, Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Mr Benedikt Wiedenhofer, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Mr Frederik van Til , BUSINESSEUROPE