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Last night’s failure to reach an agreement is highly regrettable. Everything we achieved in Bali may now unravel, putting multilateral trade negotiations on hold, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Read more

Norway's Ambassador to the WTO expressed grave concerns regarding the seeming inability to follow up on the agreements reached at Bali in December 2013. In his statement at the General Council 25 July Ambassador Neple underlined that it is not possible to reopen one of the Bali decisions without unravelling the entire package. Read more

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. Read more

Davos, Friday 24 January: Norway joined 13 other members of the World Trade Organization in announcing an initiative for the liberalization of trade in environmental goods. The participants announced their commitment to achieve global free trade in environmental goods, and pledged to work together, and with other WTO Members similarly committed to liberalization, to begin preparing for... Read more

After several years of impasse, the results of the Ministerial Conference in Bali are very positive. This is good news for the global efforts to reduce poverty and will give a much-needed stimulus to the world economy, says Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

On 25 November 2013, the WTO issued the panel reports in the disputes between Norway/Canada and the EU on EU measures on seal products. The panel determined that the EU measures violate the core provisions of the WTO on non-discrimination. Read more

On 4 December2013 in Bali, Afghanistan and Norway signed the bilateral Agreement that they have concluded on market access negotiations on trade in goods and services in the context of the Accession of Afghanistan to the WTO. Read more

Norway will be donating a total of NOK 36,300,000 (CHF 5,320,000) to various WTO Trust Funds for 2013-2014, which brings its total contributions up to NOK 188,400,000 (CHF 27,600,000) since 2001. Norway is ready to pledge an additional NOK 30,000,000 (CHF 4,400,000) to support the implementation of an agreement on Trade Facilitation, in particular for LDCs. Read more

In a joint release at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference, trade ministers for the group of countries known collectively as "the Friends of Fish" committed their countries not to introduce any new subsidies that contribute to overfishing or the overcapacity of fishing fleets, and to refrain from extending any existing programs that might do so. Read more

During the opening session of the Ministerial Conference in Bali Tuesday Director General Azevedo told Members of the WTO that “A deal is still possible. It is in your hands. It’s now or never”. Read more

- The overwhelming majority of WTO Members gave a very clear message of support to the Director-General at the 26 November General Council meeting. We must continue efforts to finalise the package by 6 December 2013, reads a statement issued by Norway and more than 100 other WTO Members. Read more

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At a General Council meeting the 26th of November, the WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo informed the member states that the last weeks of around-the-clock negotiations in Geneva has brought the WTO close to a successful outcome on a new multilateral trade deal, but that the finish line is still not reached. Read more

WTO’s Director-General Roberto Azevedo’s assessment of the on-going negotiations is that we are too close to success to accept failure. Azevedo stressed that there are only a few days left and that this is a last-ditch attempt to reach an agreement in time for the Ministerial Conference in Bali. Read more

Den norske WTO/EFTA-delegasjonen i Genève tilbyr praktikantplass for norske studenter fra begynnelsen av september ut desember 2014. Søknadsfrist 1.april 2014. Read more

The group of countries negotiating an expansion of the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) is resuming negotiations 21 October after talks were suspended in July. Diverging ambitions between participants led to the suspension of talks prior to the summer break in Geneva. Read more

Ambassador Harald Neple met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason on 23 September in Geneva to present his credentials as Norway‘s representative to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Read more