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WTO Corner: EU vaccine nationalism scare, Cairns Group AMS offensive, DG selection patience

It’s turning out to be a busy week at the WTO. WTO community worried by EU vaccine export restrictions It’s as if the WTO secretariat were trolling the European Union. The four deputy directors-general currently running the institution issued a statement on Monday, calling for international cooperation in vaccine production. …

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WTO Corner: Members eye December 2021 for MC12, Section 232 cases postponed again

Ambassadors to the World Trade Organization are meeting for an intensive two-day General Council meeting where few actual decisions are expected, except the most expedient: adoption of next year’s budget, and, if all goes well, a decision on Thursday (17 December) to ban export restrictions on food items purchased by …

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WTO Corner: E-commerce text, investment facilitation, no TRIPS waiver

Some developments at the WTO this week…. Negotiators adopt second version of e-commerce agreement draft text Many observers note that negotiations on a text that would set rules for digital trade in the 21st Century have had difficulties making meaningful headway this autumn. Eighty-six WTO members have been looking in …