The European Union and the WTO Post-Bali Work Programme
The World Trade Organisation (WTO)’s 9th Ministerial Conference (MC9) took place in Bali, Indonesia from 3rd to 7th December 2013. Widely believed to be a decisive moment both for the future of the WTO and for the flailing Doha Development Agenda, the fraught five-day long negotiations were to culminate in the first global trade deal to be agreed in the eighteen year history of the WTO, resulting in what will be an estimated $1 trillion injection into the global economy. Also agreed at MC9 was the decision that the WTO’s Trade Negotiations Committee would prepare a “clearly defined” work programme over the next 12 months in order to address the remaining Doha Development Agenda issues. Bali thus signified an important moment in placing the impetus for negotiation back onto the ‘Doha Round’ after a long period of impasse. In this briefing discussion is thus given to the post-Bali Work Programme and what a return to the broader Doha Development Agenda could mean for the Round’s principle demandeur, the European Union (EU).