Swedish EU Affairs and Trade Minister Ann Linde was unable to hide her disappointment after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires ended in a fiasco on Wednesday as member countries failed to reach agreement on a single issue.
Linde had hoped that advances would be made on e-commerce, fisheries and farming, but so was not the case. Among other things, a bid for broad agreement on new global rules for e-commerce ground to a halt as dispute arose over a moratorium on levying duties. A group of 70 WTO member countries will now work towards new rules.
“It’s unfortunate. There was a risk that we would move backwards, but instead we are at a status quo, which is a relief,” she has told DN.
Linde also said there was irritation among EU ministers, with some questioning why so much time is spent preparing for a meeting that leads nowhere.
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