The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) have strengthened the EU's capacity to act cohesively in matters of foreign affairs and security. The enhanced role of the EU in Geneva has required that we upgrade our representation.
Since January 2011, we have two separate representations in Geneva: the Permanent Mission of the EU to the World Trade Organisation, which I am heading, and the Permanent Delegation of the EU to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, which is headed by Ambassador Mariangela Zappia.
The multilateral system and multilateral diplomacy are a top priority for the EU and thus also for our two representations in Geneva. 2013 proves to be a particularly important year in this respect. In the area of trade policy, the EU is working with other WTO Members to agree meaningful multilateral results by the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference that will take place from 3-6 December in Bali, Indonesia. A basket of possible deliverables, built around trade facilitation, development concerns, including from the Least Developed Countries, as well as some issues in the area of agriculture, is taking shape.
The 9th Ministerial Conference will be a defining moment for the WTO. If we succeed in showing that multilateralism can deliver, we can pave the way for addressing the rest of Doha Development Agenda (DDA) that was launched more than ten years ago. At this critical juncture, it is important that the WTO can continue to play a central role in as a forum for international negotiations that shape the forces and unleash the benefits of global trade.
As the world's largest trading entity, the EU, which speaks with one voice in the WTO, will continue to play an active leadership role in seeking and promoting ways to move forward the international trading system and the WTO. We will work closely with the new WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo in this respect.
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