The Council discussed ideas for ISDS provisions in the light of a paper presented by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. It broadly welcomed the Commission's paper and its suggestions.
"Defining a common position on ISDS will allow us to inject new momentum into TTIP and to engage fully with the US in all areas of negotiation", said Edgars Rinkēvičs, minister for foreign affairs of Latvia and President of the Council. "It will enable us to make every effort to conclude negotiations on an ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial agreement."
WTO ministerial conference
The Council discussed preparations for the next WTO ministerial conference, to be held in Nairobi in December 2015.
To define the structure of a deal in Nairobi on the WTO's Doha Development Agenda (DDA), it reiterated the need for a comprehensive, realistic, feasible and balanced work programme.
The Council welcomed trade liberalisation efforts being pursued in parallel to the DDA talks, in particular negotiations on an environmental goods agreement.