· Thank you, Director-General, and the Chairs of the special sessions for their reports.
· The European Union remains extremely concerned. The WTO crisis is set to further deteriorate without a strong and swift reaction by its Members.
· Discussions in the Public Forum again demonstrated that the WTO needs to adapt to a rapidly-changing global trading environment. The EU believes that we should do this through three strands of work.
· First, as of tomorrow, with Ambassador Walker’s presentation of his report to the General Council, we will have an opportunity to lay down the ground for a reformed Appellate Body and for resuming nominations. We need to focus our work on the future of the organisation. This is an opportunity to seize and would be a first step to put the WTO back on track.
· A second strand would be to ensure that we deliver on the negotiating function of the WTO. This means a successful and substantial 12th Ministerial Conference. The EU believes that what the WTO needs are substantial outcomes, no fig leaves.
· A successful MC12 could among other include outcomes on fisheries subsidies, agriculture, progressing in the context of the Joint Statement Initiatives and improving also our regular work:
· A substantial outcome at MC12 would pave the way for a more structural and comprehensive reform of the organisation - this is the third strand. We need to reflect on the functioning of the organisation, on rules to level the playing field and on how development and special and differential treatment can contribute to development.
· Mr. Chairman, we should not waste time. The EU is ready to engage.