The Council adopted  on 27 May a negotiating mandate to enable the Commission to participate in plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce.
In January 2019, in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Union and 48 other members of the WTO decided to start negotiations in order to put in place global rules on electronic commerce, to facilitate the operations of businesses, to strengthen consumers’ trust in the online environment and to create new opportunities for promoting growth and development.
On 26 April, the EU tabled initial negotiating proposals in the WTO. These were discussed along with proposals from other participating WTO members during a round of formal discussions on 13-15 May 2019, in Geneva.