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We, a group of developed and developing Members strongly supportive of the WTO, are dismayed that today’s General Council meeting did not bring Members any closer to adopting the Protocol relating to the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by the agreed deadline.

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Photo: EFTA.

EFTA held its Ministerial meeting in the Westman Islands, Iceland on 23 June. The meeting was chaired by Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland. The Norwegian delegation was headed by Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry.

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The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body has today finally concluded that the EU regulation on trade in seal products is inconsistent with key provisions of WTO legislation.

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“I am pleased that China has today confirmed that it would like to participate in the negotiations on an international Trade in Services Agreement,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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A three-day oral hearing of the seals dispute before the WTO Appellate Body started today, Monday 17 March

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The EFTA ministerial meeting takes place in the Westman Islands on 23 June.

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WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. 
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The WTOs Trade Negotiations Committee met on Monday 7 April 2014. The meeting was convened to discuss the progress concerning the drawing up of a work-program, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

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 Ambassador Kwok and Ambassador Neple at the meeting on the Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Development. 
Photo: Utenriksdepartementet .

In a meeting of the Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD SS) at the WTO in Geneva 25 March, Ambassador Neple was formally elected as the new Chairman of the CTD SS.

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Geneva, 3 March 2014

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