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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.

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