Informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council

The informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) will be held on Thursday 23 September 2016 in Bratislava during the first Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Trade Ministers and Commissioner Malmström will discuss the liberalisation of trade vis à vis some of the EU’s major trading partners, in particular the USA and Canada. They will also address the important issue of how to modernise the EU’s current legislative framework of trade defence instruments against unfair trade. Another agenda issue will be the expiry of certain provisions of China’s WTO Accession Protocol with regard to granting market economy status to China.