Geneva, 10/12/2018 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 181210_34
Director General, many thanks for convening this meeting today, for the reports of the chairs and for your debriefings regarding recent contacts. We agree with you that given the critical state the organisation is in, there is no room for complacency. While the EU does not believe that there is simple solution to the current trade tensions, we remain very worried about their impact on the multilateral trading system and on the WTO. Departing from existing rules is not only harmful to the system but also does not address durably the issues underlying the current crisis.