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WTO members prepare to firm up legal text for fisheries subsidies agreement February 17,2020   |  Source: WTO

At the 13 February informal meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO delegations took stock of the state of play of fisheries subsidies negotiations and discussed how best to develop a consolidated legal text for an agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies, with the aim of concluding talks by the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). The Negotiating Group chair, Ambassador Santiago Wills (Colombia), said it was vital for the Negotiating Group as soon as possible to develop a consolidated text, for ministers to consider at MC12 in Nur-Sultan in June, and that he would consult with members on the best way to produce this. He sought members' continued support and flexibility for a successful conclusion of the negotiations.

The chair also reported on developments since his last meeting with the heads of delegations in November, including on the clusters of meetings of the Negotiating Group during the weeks of 13 January and 3 February 2020. At the most recent meeting, members had the opportunity to respond to specific questions posed by facilitators to help refine approaches on subsidy prohibitions related to illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, fishing of overfished stocks, overfishing and overcapacity, as well as special and differential

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