Ştefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for the Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship Environment, attended the formal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on Trade (CAE-Trade), held in Brussels, Belgium, on 9 November 2018.
The meeting aimed at exploring the status and prospects of multilateral / plurilateral trade negotiations under the aegis of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the current difficult context, marked by the crises the organization is facing and the trade tensions between certain WTO members.
In the same context, the promotion of multilateralism and the strengthening of trade relations at global level, EU trade ministers debated the state of the current trade negotiations between the EU and third countries, as well as the implementation of already agreed-upon agreements, based on the Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström’s presentation of the European Commission’s Annual Implementation Report on Free Trade Agreements implementation for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2017 by.
The subject of EU-US trade relations was also addressed, focusing on the implementation of the EU-US Joint Declaration adopted on July 25 by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald Trump.
“Romania supports the efforts of the European Commission in the process of negotiating the reform of the WTO as an essential tool for free trade that generates development, sustainability and trust in international relations”, Radu Oprea said.
In the margins of the CAE-Commerce meeting, the Romanian Minister had a series of meetings with counterparts from the member states, during which he discussed topics of common interest from the perspective of the future 2019 Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.
Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship