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Parliamentary Conference on the WTO

21-22 March 2011

Newsletter: Special edition

Parliamentary Conference on the WTO
Background information

For the first time, the World Trade Organization hosted the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO.

This international gathering organised by the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), one of the oldest international organisations based in Geneva, jointly with the European parliament, is an opportunity for legislators worldwide to overview and scrutinise international trade rules and the current Doha Round negotiations.

About 400 members of Parliament attended the conference with a view to engaging in an intense dialogue. They had the opportunity to speak to key WTO players, including many Ambassadors heavily involved in the conduct of the Doha negotiations. They interacted actively with the WTO General Council Chair, Ambasador Yonov Frederick Agah as well as the WTO Director General, Pascal Lamy.

This conference provided an opportunity for parliamentarians to deliver a strong and critical message of support to the current Doha negotiations.

Speech by Pascal Lamy to the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO
European Parliament press release


Interviews with parliamentarians

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Press conference: Pascal Lamy, Canadian Senator Donald Oliver, Member of the IPU Executive Committee and Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, EP Vice-President

Hearing with the WTO Director-General