Doha Development Agenda (DDA)

The Doha Round of world trade negotiations was launched in Doha (Qatar) in November 2001. Named the Doha Development Agenda, this round of trade negotiations is much broader than past global trade negotiations and is specifically targeted at addressing the needs of developing countries. The Doha Ministerial Declaration provided the mandate for the negotiations, whose focus has been on:

  • improving the access to global markets
  • reforming agricultural subsidies
  • agreeing on new disciplines facilitating trade, and improving existing ones
  • improving the trading prospects of developing countries
  • ensuring that new liberalisation in the global economy respects the need for sustainable economic growth

EU priorities for Doha

The successful conclusion of the Doha negotiations would strengthen the WTO as a centerpiece of the rules-based multilateral system. It would also confirm the WTO as a powerful shield against protectionist backsliding, which has been of particular relevance since the emergence of the recent economic and financial crisis.

The EU's objectives include the following: