Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) 10-13 December 2017

Department for International Trade written statement – made on 4th December 2017.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Minister of State (Department for International Trade) (and Minister for London)

The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) will meet in Buenos Aires during the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The Council will meet on the 10th December before the formal opening of the Ministerial Conference. The Minister of State for Trade Policy will represent the UK.

We expect the Council to meet again during the Ministerial Conference, at least once, possibly more, but the date of subsequent meetings of Council has not yet been set.

The only substantive item on the agenda for the Council in Buenos Aires is the 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO.

The Buenos Aires Ministerial will be the first WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Argentina. WTO Members will discuss a range of important trade issues, including fisheries subsidies, digital trade, agricultural domestic support and public stockholding, domestic regulation in services, investment facilitation and transparency of regulatory measures for the benefit of SMEs.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS301