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20 February 2019
Foreign Affairs News

Promoting World Trade Organizations’ modernisation process is a key priority for MMACA’s activity in Geneva

Romania will organize over 140 coordination meetings of the EU Member States’ delegations to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, during its six months Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The first three coordination meetings of the EU’s delegations in Geneva were held during the week of 7-11 January 2019, in order to prepare the EU’s positions for the special session of the Committee on the Dispute Settlement Understanding and for the meeting of the Committee on the Appellate Body of the WTO.
Two other coordination meetings have been scheduled for this week. The topics will include preparing the EU’s position in the informal meeting of the General Council of the WTO, where the EU’s proposal regarding the reform of the WTO’s Appellate Body will be discussed, and the position for the WTO meeting regarding fisheries subsidies.

At the same time promoting WTO’s modernisation process is one of Romania’s priorities in the area of international trade.

Minister Ștefan-Radu Oprea has agreed together with the Director General of the WTO, Mr. Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo, to jointly organise a working lunch regarding entrepreneurship, e-commerce and advanced technologies for SMEs, in Geneva, during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will be organised in partnership with the WTO and its date remains to be set. Also, WTO’s Director General has accepted the invitation to visit Bucharest on February 21-22, on the occasion of the informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council – Trade.

The activity of the Trade Section within the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations Office in Geneva and the International Organisations in Switzerland will be dynamic, due to intensified negotiations at the WTO prior to the 12th Ministerial Conference, scheduled in June 2020.

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