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State of play of WTO negotiations on e-commerce, investment facilitation and domestic regulations

  • Date: 15/12/2020, 10:00-12:00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: WebEx
  • Registration closes on : 10/12/2020 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 15/12/2020, 10:00-12:00 (registration closed)
  • Location: WebEx
  • Registration closes on : 10/12/2020 12:00

In today's integrated global economy, the expansion of investment flows, which are indispensable for development, depends on making investment frameworks more transparent, predictable and efficient.  In recognition of the dynamic links between trade, investment and development, 106 WTO members, including both developed and developing countries, are engaged in negotiations with the aim of developing a multilateral framework for facilitating foreign direct investment and contributing to sustainable development. This WTO agreement on investment facilitation for development would build on measures such as making investment conditions and opportunities more transparent and streamlining administrative procedures relevant to foreign direct investment.

The e-Commerce Joint Statement Initiative in the WTO aims at developing global rules to facilitate e-commerce transactions. There is a wide range of issues on the table i.a. in the areas of trade facilitation, cross-border data flows, consumer protection, the facilitation of electronic transactions (e.g. e-signatures, e-contracts), the protection of software source code and market access both in goods and services. Currently 86 WTO Members are engaged in the negotiations, which were launched in Davos in January 2019, including a high number of developing countries.

The WTO negotiations on domestic regulation in services aim at developing rules to facilitate trade in services inter alia by improving transparency and streamlining authorisation procedures for service suppliers. When adopted, these rules will benefit domestic and foreign service suppliers and therefore facilitate the provision of services both domestically and cross-border. Improving transparency and ensuring that authorisation procedures are objective, fast and predictable is particularly beneficial for smaller players (e.g. SMEs), who often do not have the means to deal with complex licencing or authorisation procedures in foreign markets. There have been many years of WTO negotiations on this topic. Negotiations shifted to a plurilateral format at the end of 2017, building on a Joint Statement issued by a group of 59 WTO Members at MC11.

The purpose of this CSD meeting is to debrief civil society organisations on these three WTO Joint Statement initiatives and to discuss the EU objectives and challenges faced in these negotiations. The Commission looks forward to hearing civil society views and expectations in this regard.

Lead participants
Head of Unit, Investment and Intellectual Property, Directorate-General for Trade
Head of Unit, Services and Digital Trade, Directorate-General for Trade
Services negotiator, Services and Digital Trade Unit, Directorate-General for Trade

Moderator
Deputy-Head of Unit, Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit, Directorate-General for Trade

Agenda

1. Introduction to investment facilitation
2. Introduction to e-commerce
3. Introduction to domestic regulation in services
4. Open discussion with stakeholders.

The meeting will take place via WEBEX. Access code and password will be sent to registered participants. We would be grateful if participants could launch their WEBEX connection 30 minutes in advance of the meeting so that any technical problems can be arranged in time before the meeting.

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Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • Participant from American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Participant from American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Participant from American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Participant from Apex-Brasil Brussels-Europe
  • Participant from Außenhandelsvereinigung des Deutschen Einzelhandels e.V.
  • Participant from Belgo Peru Chamber of Commerce
  • Participant from Belgo Peru Chamber of Commerce
  • Participant from Belgo Peru Chamber of Commerce
  • Participant from Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Participant from Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Participant from Both ENDS
  • Participant from Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Participant from Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V.
  • Participant from Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs
  • Participant from BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Participant from BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Participant from BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Participant from Canada EU Trade and Investment Association
  • Participant from CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment
  • Participant from Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique
  • Participant from Cerame-Unie
  • Participant from Cerame-Unie
  • Participant from Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins
  • Participant from Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Participant from Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Participant from Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
  • Participant from Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
  • Participant from Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry
  • Participant from Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Participant from Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Participant from Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens
  • Participant from Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens
  • Participant from Confédération Générale du Travail Force Ouvrière
  • Participant from Critical Raw Materials Alliance
  • Participant from Critical Raw Materials Alliance
  • Participant from Critical Raw Materials Alliance
  • Participant from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Participant from DIGITALEUROPE
  • Participant from DIGITALEUROPE
  • Participant from DIGITALEUROPE
  • Participant from EuroCommerce
  • Participant from EuroCommerce
  • Participant from EuroCommerce
  • Participant from EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION
  • Participant from European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Participant from European Centre for International Political Economy
  • Participant from European Community Shipowner's Associations
  • Participant from European Community Shipowner's Associations
  • Participant from European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Participant from European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Participant from European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Participant from European Express Association
  • Participant from European Federation of Public Service Unions
  • Participant from European Major Exhibition Centres Association
  • Participant from European Pet Food Industry Federation
  • Participant from EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Participant from EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Participant from EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Participant from EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Participant from EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Participant from European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
  • Participant from Fagbevægelsens Hovedorganisation
  • Participant from Federation of European Publishers
  • Participant from Fertilizers Europe
  • Participant from Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung
  • Participant from Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia
  • Participant from GS1 in Europe
  • Participant from IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • Participant from IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • Participant from IKV, Fondation pour le Développement Economique
  • Participant from International Trade Union Confederation
  • Participant from ITD – association for the Danish road transport of goods
  • Participant from Landbrug & Fødevarer - Danish Agriculture and Food Council
  • Participant from Landbrug & Fødevarer - Danish Agriculture and Food Council
  • Participant from Latvijas Tirgotāju asociācija
  • Participant from Lithuanian Investors Association
  • Participant from Maa- ja metsätaloustuottajain Keskusliitto – Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners
  • Participant from MedTech Europe
  • Participant from Orgalim – Europe's Technology Industries
  • Participant from PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE CATALUNYA
  • Participant from PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE CATALUNYA
  • Participant from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Brussels Office
  • Participant from Society of Audiovisual Authors
  • Participant from spiritsEUROPE
  • Participant from spiritsEUROPE
  • Participant from spiritsEUROPE
  • Participant from TIC Council
  • Participant from Tobacco Europe AISBL
  • Participant from Tobacco Europe AISBL
  • Participant from Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue
  • Participant from TUSIAD
  • Participant from TUSIAD
  • Participant from TUSIAD
  • Participant from Una Europa vzw
  • Participant from UNITEE AISBL
  • Participant from Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.
  • Participant from Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband
  • Participant from Vereniging VNO-NCW
  • Participant from Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Women In Development Europe+
  • Participant from Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V.