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WTO members consider new draft texts in second cluster of fisheries subsidies meetings March 01,2019   |  Source: WTO

World Trade Organization members in the Negotiating Group on Rules discussed two new draft texts covering certain prohibitions on fisheries subsidies and exchanged views on other areas of the negotiations at a cluster of meetings held on 25 February to 1 March. The Chair and a range of members remarked on the increased level of engagement but also called for further intensification of efforts to meet the December target for a successful conclusion to the negotiations.

Members discussed Australia’s draft text on prohibiting subsidies for fishing of overfished stocks and New Zealand and Iceland’s draft text on prohibiting subsidies that contribute to overfishing and overcapacity of fleets. These drafts cover two of the three areas of disciplines WTO members have committed to delivering by end-2019, the third being the elimination of subsidies to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The Negotiating Group held consultation sessions open to all members on these three areas as well as on “cross-cutting” issues, such as the scope of new fisheries subsidies rules and how dispute settlement, transparency commitments and procedures to monitor implementation as well as special and differential treatment provisions for developing members would operate under such


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