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World News: Fisheries subsidies work resumes in Geneva as COVID-19 restrictions ease June 26,2020   |  Source: WTO

All of our heads of government made a commitment to reach an agreement on fisheries subsidies by 2020 in the WTO. With restrictions in Switzerland being relaxed and meetings on WTO premises resuming, the time has come to pick up from where we left off. Gradual preparations beginning now will help members intensify negotiations before the end of the year,” the chair said.

On 25 June, the chair will present to heads of delegations a document consolidating elements from members' proposals and from facilitators' working texts to curb subsidies to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; subsidies to fishing overfished stocks; and subsidies that contribute to overfishing and overcapacity, along with some provisions on definitions and the scope of what the agreement could cover. Another meeting will be held on 21 July for members to share their comments and for the chair to suggest the next steps for negotiations in the autumn.

Members had been working to conclude the fisheries subsidies negotiations at the 12th Ministerial Conference. However, this meeting , originally scheduled for 8-11 June 2020 in Kazakhstan, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since mid-March, all in-person WTO meetings had been suspended, so members conducted a written exchange of views on

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