The EU could also accept the improvement of the administration of Tariff Rate Quotas, underlining that it
would be more beneficial if applied by all WTO members.
6. In the area of export competition, the EU has already made tremendous efforts in recent years to reduce
its use of export subsidies, which have not been matched by other WTO members across all aspects of export competition. The EU is willing to support a political
declaration of the Conference which takes note of the progress achieved, underlines the importance of
transparency and reaffirms the need to address all export competition issues in a balanced way in the context of future DDA negotiations.
7. In addition to the important development dimension of the Trade Facilitation Agreement, the Monitoring
Mechanism on special and differential treatment would contribute to the integration of developing countries into the multilateral trading system. As regards the LDCs,
together with the decisions already agreed on LDC’s accession guidelines and the TRIPS transition period extension, the draft WTO ministerial decisions on the
operationalisation of the services waiver, on preferential rules of origin, on duty free quota free market
access and on cotton would provide for a meaningful and ambitious development package for the Conference.
8. In this context, the Council warmly welcomes the accession of Yemen to the WTO and recalls its
commitment to facilitate LDCs accessions to the WTO.
9. The EU emphasises the importance of a balanced revision of the Information Technology Agreement. The EU
looks forward to the rapid entry into force of the revised Government Procurement Agreement, which will in particular allow for more transparent rules and new
market access opportunities.
10. The Council supports the Commission in its efforts in order to make the Conference a success. It will
assess the progress made with a view to reaching a balanced outcome in line with these conclusions. To this end, the Commission will regularly report to the
Council on progress in the negotiations and submit wherever needed drafts for EU negotiating positions on
texts discussed within the WTO. It will present to the Council the WTO negotiated texts before their final adoption by the WTO bodies."