Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis will travel to Geneva to attend the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) taking place on 12-15 June 2022 at the WTO headquarters. Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski and Commissioner for Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius will also participate.
Following many months of preparations, the EU will be working towards clinching key ministerial commitments related to WTO reform, food security, trade and health, sustainable fisheries and e-commerce moratorium, among others. During his mission to Geneva, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis will participate in two scheduled Foreign Affairs Councils on Trade. He will also attend, among others, WTO sessions relating to the challenges facing the multilateral trading system, sessions on the WTO response to the pandemic and the TRIPs waiver, on the global food security crisis, on fisheries subsidies negotiations and on agriculture and finally a thematic session on WTO reform. These will be followed by the formal closing session, scheduled for Wednesday.
On Monday Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis is co-leading a breakfast on ‘Trade Ministers for Climate’ together with New-Zealand, Ecuador and Kenya. In addition, numerous bilateral meetings between Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and his trade counterparts are foreseen, including with South-Africa, China, the Czech Republic, India, New Zealand, Kenya and Australia. There is also a solidarity event for Ukraine on the agenda.
You will find more information on MC12 and the full programme here.