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New talks on environmental trade agreement were held at the end of April

May 13, 2016

The 13th round of negotiations between certain members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) took place from April 18-22, 2016 in Geneva.

According to Canadian officials, participants engaged in a transparency exercise that included the exchange of lists of goods that they consider acceptable in the context of a final agreement.

Throughout the week, negotiators met in various configurations to try to find common ground on as many environmental good nominations as possible.

Other issues, such as modalities for implementation, were also discussed. Participants agreed to convene the next round in late June 2016.

The current participants are: Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Chinese Taipei, the European Union, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore, United States, Israel, Turkey and Iceland.

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