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WTO | 2011 News items – EU pushes for ITA expansion, Russia wishes to join

WTO: 2011 NEWS ITEMS

24 October 2011

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT

EU pushes for ITA expansion, Russia wishes to join

The European Union, at the meeting of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) Committee on 24 October 2011, indicated it will refocus its efforts on a sectoral agreement on information technology products from the Doha Round to the ITA Committee. Russia announced its plans to join the Agreement.

The European Union reiterated its proposal to expand the coverage of products and participants under the ITA in written replies to questions from the ASEAN members. It said that negotiating an IT sectoral in the ITA Committee seemed now to be more promising than in the NAMA (non-agricultural market access) Negotiating Group, given the current state of play in the negotiations.

The EU also said that non-tariff barriers in the IT sector that have been discussed in NAMA could also be taken up in the ITA Committee. . . .

WTO | 2011 News items – EU pushes for ITA expansion, Russia wishes to join

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