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Council of European Union conducts meeting at Brussels

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Feb '07
On February 12, 2007, Council of the European Union conducted 2780th meeting at Brussels.

Representatives of Governments from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech-Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and UK attended the meeting.

In the meeting, participants debated on various problems and gave conclusion on different topics discussed.

The topics discussed and there conclusion are given below:-

WORLD TRADE

Doha Development Agenda

Trade ministers held a working dinner on 11 February to discuss developments regarding negotiations under the World Trade Organisation's Doha Development Agenda. The Council, on the basis of a briefing by commissioner Peter Mandelson, held an exchange of views on prospects for a re-launch of the negotiations.

Revision of the WTO government procurement agreement - Council conclusions.

The Council, without discussion, adopted the following conclusions:

"The Council reiterates that the effective access of SMEs to public contracts is of crucial importance. It therefore invites the Advisory Committee on Public Procurement to explore all means of improving SMEs' access to public contracts in the EU and around the world.

In this context the Council stresses the need for open and transparent procurement markets. The Council underlines the importance of a successful and quick conclusion to the ongoing revision of the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA).


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