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Civil Society Dialogue meeting in preparation of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13)

The purpose of this meeting is to exchange views on the state-of-play of negotiations in the run-up to the WTO Ministerial Conference, and on the possible outcomes.

  • Date: 06/02/2024, 14:30-16:30
  • Location: WEBEX

Meeting details

Registration closes on: 1st February at 12:00

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The 13th WTO Ministerial Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi from 26-29 February 2024. The WTO is the cornerstone of the multilateral rules-based trading system, but it faces deep challenges, particularly in today’s complex geopolitical environment.

The European Union has been working hard to deliver meaningful multilateral outcomes that ensures MC13 will be considered the first ‘WTO reform’ Ministerial Conference, in particular on dispute settlement reform, fisheries subsidies, the e-commerce moratorium, the work programme, agriculture including food security, and the strengthening of the deliberative function of the Organization through the launch of discussions on trade & industrial policy.

The purpose of this meeting is to exchange views on the state-of-play of the negotiations in the run-up to the WTO Ministerial Conference, and on the possible outcomes.

The Commission will also present the state-of-play of the negotiations on the various plurilateral initiatives within the WTO including on E-commerce, Investment Facilitation, and Trade & Environment.


Lead speaker

  • Ignacio Garcia-Bercero, Director, Multilateral affairs, Strategy, Analysis, Evaluation, DG Trade, European Commission


  • Deputy Head of Unit - Transparency, Civil society and Communication Unit, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission


  1. Presentation of the state of play
  2. Open discussion with stakeholders.

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

Related resources

  • World Trade Organisation | international trade | trade relations | trade policy
  • Tuesday 6 February 2024, 14:30 - 16:30 (CET)
  • Online only
  • Live streaming available
Trade topics
  • Trade policy
Event type

Practical information

Tuesday 6 February 2024, 14:30 - 16:30 (CET)
Online only
Who should attend
Interested stakeholders
Directorate-General for Trade
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