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CHANGE OF VENUE - Civil Society Dialogue on the EU’s approach to the World Trade Organization

  • Date: 02/12/2019, 11:30-13:30 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Charlemagne Building, room Sicco Mansholt, 170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 27/11/2019 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 02/12/2019, 11:30-13:30 (registration closed)
  • Location: Charlemagne Building, room Sicco Mansholt, 170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 27/11/2019 12:00

NEW VENUE: room Sicco Mansholt, 170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels

Providing a set of rules for international trade and a system for settling disputes between members, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the foundation of the multilateral trading system. This system is currently facing its deepest crisis since its inception: it has become unbalanced, its negotiating function has stalled with rules not updated for many years and the dispute settlement system is about to become paralysed. The EU is a strong supporter of the multilateral trading system and believes a major reform of the WTO is needed in order to put it back at the centre of global trade.

In September 2018, the EU issued a concept note outlining its comprehensive approach to modernising the WTO’s three main functions: making rules, monitoring adherence to rules and settling disputes. The EU is working on concrete proposals in all areas and has already submitted proposals on dispute settlement, transparency and trade concerns.

Unblocking the appointment of new Appellate Body (AB) members is the most urgent issue. There are only three left; after mid-December there will only be one, so the AB will not be able to hear any new appeals. To deal with the consequences of a possible blockage of the WTO, the EU is working towards an interim solution with interested third countries based on existing WTO rules. So far, the EU has entered into two interim appeal arbitration arrangements with Canada and Norway.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide the state of play of the challenges in the WTO and the EU’s proposed way forward to address these.

Lead participants
Mr Denis Redonnet, Director, WTO, Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods, Directorate-General for Trade

Moderator
Head of Unit - Information, Communication and Civil Society, DG Trade

Agenda
1. State of play of the WTO
2. 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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  • AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe
  • amfori - Trade with Purpose
  • AnimalhealthEurope
  • AnimalhealthEurope
  • Asociación Agraria-Jóvenes Agricultores
  • 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
  • Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asbl
  • Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asbl
  • Association des Constructeurs Européens d'Automobiles
  • Association des Constructeurs Européens d'Automobiles
  • Association des régions européennes des produits d'origine
  • Association nationale interprofessionnelle du bétail et des viandes
  • Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Both ENDS
  • BREIZ EUROPE
  • British Agriculture Bureau
  • British Agriculture Bureau
  • BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V.
  • Bureau Européen de l'Agriculture Française
  • Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs
  • BUSINESSEUROPE
  • BUSINESSEUROPE
  • BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Cerame-Unie
  • CIRFS: European Man-made Fibres Association
  • ClientEarth
  • COMITE EUROPEEN des FABRICANTS de SUCRE
  • Comité du commerce des céréales, aliments du bétail, oléagineux, huile d'olive, huiles et graisses et agrofournitures de l'U.E.
  • Confederation of British Industry
  • Confederation of British Industry
  • Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
  • Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
  • Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens
  • Conseil Européen des Jeunes Agriculteurs
  • Danish Shipping
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • DIGITALEUROPE
  • EUROALLIAGES
  • EUROCHAMBRES – Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • EuroCommerce
  • Eurogroup for Animals
  • European Alcohol Policy Alliance
  • EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION
  • European Association Automotive Suppliers
  • EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF DAIRY TRADE
  • European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • European Chemical Industry Council
  • European Chemical Industry Council
  • European Cocoa Association
  • European Community Shipowner's Associations
  • European Community Shipowner's Associations
  • European Crop Protection Association
  • 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 Electronic Component Manufacturers' Association
  • European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation
  • European farmers
  • European farmers
  • EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF JEWELLERY
  • EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF JEWELLERY
  • European Federation of the Parquet Industry
  • European Flavour Association
  • European Liaison Committee for Agriculture and agri-food trade
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • European Sugar Refineries Association
  • European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers' Association
  • Federation of European Rice Millers
  • Fertilizers Europe
  • France Industrie
  • Freight Transport Association
  • Freshfel Europe - the forum for the European fresh fruits and vegetables chain
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • FruitVegetablesEUROPE
  • FruitVegetablesEUROPE
  • Fur Europe
  • Fédération Française de l'Assurance
  • Fédération Française de l'Assurance
  • Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia
  • Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia
  • Humane Society International/Europe
  • ICC BELGIQUE
  • Insurance Europe
  • International Confederation of European Beet Growers
  • International Confederation of European Beet Growers
  • International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organizations
  • International Trade Union Confederation
  • Irish Farmers' Association
  • Koepel van de Vlaamse Noord-Zuidbeweging - 11.11.11
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Maa- ja metsätaloustuottajain Keskusliitto – Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners
  • Mouvement des Entreprises de France
  • ORGALIM – Europe's Technology Industries
  • Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Brussels Office
  • Shipyards' and Maritime Equipment Association of Europe
  • SOL (alternatives agroécologiques et solidaires)
  • STARCH EUROPE
  • Svensk Handel (Swedish Trade Federation)
  • The Danish Chamber of Commerce
  • The EU Vegetable Oil and Proteinmeal Industry
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Union Européenne du Commerce du Bétail et des Métiers de la Viande
  • Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.
  • Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.
  • WindEurope
  • Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V.