WTO negotiations on e-commerce

Council adopted a negotiating mandate to enable the European Commission to participate in plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce with its WTO partners.

In January 2019, in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Union and 48 other members of the WTO decided to start negotiations to put in place global rules on electronic commerce.

The aim of the negotiations is to put in place international rules encouraging global e-commerce, facilitating the operations of businesses, in particular SMEs, strengthening consumers’ trust in the online environment and creating new opportunities to promote inclusive and sustainable growth and development.

At the end of April, the EU had also circulated a proposal for the new rules at the WTO, which has been discussed alongside other proposals mid-May.

For the EU proposal on e-commerce, please see here.
For the Council press-release, please see here.