The Multilateral Trading System:
50 years of achievement
'Half-way' point: the Montreal ministerial
The Uruguay Round was supposed to last four years. Therefore, the ministerial meeting in Montreal two years later, in December 1988, was called the Mid-Term Review (seen here).
The objective was to set the agenda for the remaining two years of the round. Instead, the Montreal meeting ended in a deadlock that was not broken until April the following year.
By the time ministers met again in Brussels in December 1990, the talks were considerably behind schedule. It was clear the round could not end as originally planned at that meeting.