CSD meeting on digital trade

Date: 06/15/2021, 10:00-12:00 A.M. CET

Location: WEBEX

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The e-Commerce Joint Statement Initiative in the WTO aims at developing global rules to facilitate e-commerce transactions. There is a wide range of issues on the table i.e. in the areas of trade facilitation, cross-border data flows, consumer protection, the facilitation of electronic transactions (e.g. e-signatures, e-contracts), the protection of software source code and market access both in goods and services. Currently 86 WTO Members are engaged in the negotiations, which were launched in Davos in January 2019, including a high number of developing countries.

In parallel, the EU negotiates bilateral trade agreements with New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Chile which all contain ambitious Digital Trade Titles.

The purpose of this CSD meeting is to debrief civil society organisations on the progress made in the WTO and in bilateral trade negotiations and to discuss the EU objectives and challenges faced in these negotiations. The Commission looks forward to hearing civil society views and expectations in this regard.

Lead speakers

– Head of Unit – Services and Digital Trade Unit, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission


Civil Society Coordination – Transparency, Civil society and Communication Unit, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission


1. Introduction

2. Open discussion with stakeholders

The meeting will take place via 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.