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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.

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