Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, attended today the informal meeting of the of Foreign Affairs Council on Commerce (CAE- Commerce), organized by the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council, in Innsbruck, Austria.
EU Member States Commerce Ministers discussed with the European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström about the modernization of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the trade relations between the European Union and the United States, and the state of current trade negotiations between the EU and other trade partners.
In this context, the Romanian Minister stressed Romania’s interest in supporting and consolidating the multilateral trade system, based on rules and maintaining the central role of the WTO, as this system’s cornerstone.
“World Trade Organization modernization is a priority for maintaining credibility, ensuring an adjustable, flexible and resilient multilateral framework to the current challenges of international trade. Romania, as the future EU Council Presidency, will make every effort to ensure the EU’s leadership in moving forward the multilateral trade regulatory process”, Minister Oprea said.
The Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship underlined Romania’s firm support in promoting a constructive and mutually beneficial trade-related agenda with the US to avoid the escalation of bilateral trade tensions, as well as the introduction of new trade measures with negative effects on industry and European exports. The Romanian official also stressed the need to maintain ambitious bilateral trade negotiations, which would lead to the EU’s signing of balanced and comprehensive free trade agreements with important trading partners.
In the margins of the Foreign Affairs Council on Commerce meeting organized under the motto “Trade. Jobs. Future”, Minister Ştefan-Radu Oprea had a series of meetings with counterparts from Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and Finland to discuss issues of common interest from the perspective of the Trio that will take over the Presidency of the EU Council in 2019. In this context, it was agreed upon a visit to Croatia on November 16 by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and Finland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Anne-Mari Virolainen, with a view to gather for a Presidencies Trio coordination meeting.
Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship
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