European Union - Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne’s participation in the informal meeting of trade ministers (Brussels, 1 October 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in the informal meeting of trade ministers in Brussels today ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) due to take place on November 21.

During this meeting, the ministers discussed trade tensions between the EU and the United States, including the dispute between Airbus and Boeing. The minister of state reaffirmed that France supports negotiated and balanced solutions that safeguard the EU’s rights under the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The ministers also discussed the modernisation of the WTO. The minister of state called for accelerated efforts to reform the organization in a context in which the Appellate Body may no longer be able to function in a few weeks.

The ministers reviewed the Commission’s third report on the implementation of Free Trade Agreements. The minister of state expressed France’s support for this annual exercise which allows greater transparency with respect to trade agreements that have been concluded and the rules we negotiate.

Lastly, the ministers discussed the agreement between the EU and Mercosur. The minister of state reaffirmed that France will pay particular attention to ensuring respect for the conditions set out by President Macron, notably including respect for the Paris agreement and effectively combating deforestation. France’s position will also be based on the independent evaluation currently underway at the national level. The minister of state called on the Commission to carry out such an evaluation.