An informal meeting of EU ministers responsible for trade, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Economy Mr. Emil Karanikolov will be held on 27 February 2018 in Sofia. The European Commission will be represented by the Commissioner for Trade Ms. Cecilia Malmström.
The informal meeting of EU trade ministers will be organized in two plenary sessions. The first plenary session will focus on the prospects for the multilateral trading system. The Bulgarian presidency will initiate a discussion on a possible follow-up to the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held in December 2017.
The second plenary session will be devoted to the state of play of current EU free trade negotiations, in particular those with Mexico and Mercosur.
The topics for discussion during the working lunch will be related to the establishment of a Multilateral Investment Court and the proposed regulation on the screening of foreign direct investment in the EU.