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Fisheries Subsidies

Streamlined texts emerge on IUU fishing, overfished stocks
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The WTO Negotiating Group on Rules, meeting over five days last week (13-17 November), saw the completion of efforts by a group of members to streamline texts on prohibited subsidies relating to IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and on overfished stocks.

US cherry-picking MC11 outcomes, holds Members hostage
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 20 November 2017)
The United States continues to cherry-pick outcomes for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires next month.

New "vertical" text on fisheries, assessment by Rules Chair
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 16 October 2017)
The proponents of the seven textual proposals, put forward in the ongoing negotiations on fisheries subsidies, have submitted a new "non-paper" compiling these proposals.

CSOs urge WTO Members to abandon expansionist agenda
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 10 October 2017)
Some 300 civil society organisations (CSOs) from more than 150 countries have raised the alarm that some members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are "pushing a dangerous and inappropriate new agenda" in the run-up to the WTO's eleventh ministerial conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires beginning on 10 December.

South nations insist on reference to DWP in fisheries accord at MC11
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 14 September 2017)
A large majority of developing and poorest countries have insisted that any outcome/agreement for prohibiting certain categories of fisheries subsidies must refer explicitly in the preamble to the mandate provided in the Doha Work Program (DWP) of 2001, trade negotiators told SUNS.

WTO Rules Chair issues "matrix" paper on fisheries subsidies
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 2 August 2017)
The Chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules has issued a compilation matrix of all the textual proposals put forward so far in the ongoing negotiations on fisheries subsidies.

EU, Indonesia table revised proposals on fisheries subsidies
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 17 July 2017)
Both the European Union and Indonesia have introduced their revised proposals on fisheries subsidies at an informal meeting of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules on Thursday.

Formulaic approach to MC11 outcomes to ensure comfort for US?
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 22 June 2017)
Attempts to finalize a formulaic approach of outcomes for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires this December are being intensified with the sole aim of ensuring that the United States remains comfortable without having to undertake any fresh commitments, according to people familiar with the development.

New proposal on fisheries to undermine S&DT flexibilities
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 4 May 2017)
Attempts to undermine special and differential flexibilities for developing countries are being considered as part of the disciplines for prohibiting fisheries subsidies that are being promoted as a major deliverable for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires later this year, rules negotiators told SUNS.

Rules Chair to hold focused sessions on fisheries subsidies
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 6 March 2017)
The Chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules has informed members that he plans to hold focused sessions on specific substantive issues in relation to disciplines on fisheries subsidies.

LDCs table proposal on fisheries subsidies disciplines
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 26 January 2017)
An informal open-ended meeting of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules on Tuesday (24 January) held an initial discussion on a new submission by the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), proposing some elements for discussion on new disciplines on fisheries subsidies.

 


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