Informal Meeting of Trade Ministers

Foreign Affairs Council (FAC)







National Palace of Culture

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.


Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy of Bulgaria, doorstep


Cecilia Malmstrоm, European Commissioner for Trade, doorstep


Arrival, doorstep, handshake, roundtable


Family photo


Press conference







Family photo and press conference

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27 February 2018 | Tuesday


Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture

08:30 – 09:00

Handshake with Minister of Economy - Emil Karanikolov

09:15 – 09:30

Opening remarks

Welcome address by Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy; Opening statements

09:30 – 10:45

First Plenary Session

Follow-up to the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference

11:15 – 13:15

Second Plenary Session

- Free Trade Agreements: state of play; - Trade and sustainable development (tbc.)


Family Photo

13:45 – 15:10

Working Lunch

Informal discussion on Multilateral Investment Court and screening of foreign direct investment; Closing remarks

15:15 – 15:45

Press Conference

Participants: Minister Emil Karanikolov, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

Contact persons

Veselin Jelev

Spokesperson of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

+359 883 990 247

[email protected]

Genoveva Chervenakova

Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU/ Spokesperson (Coreper II)

+32 473 575 083

[email protected]

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