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Ambassador Federico A. González (Paraguay)
N.iii Ninth annual review under paragraph 2 of the decision on the "Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement"
266. The Chairman said that, since its meeting in March 2011, the Council had received additional reports relating to its eighth review from the European Union and individual member States, namely Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (document IP/C/W/551/Add.7). 267. Turning to the arrangements for the Council's ninth review under the decision on the "Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement", he recalled that paragraph 1 of the Decision provided that developed country Members shall submit annually reports on actions taken or planned in pursuance of their commitments under Article 66.2. To this end, they were to provide new detailed reports every third year and, in the intervening years, provide updates to their most recent reports. These reports were to be submitted prior to the last Council meeting scheduled for the year in question. Paragraph 3 of the decision determined the information that had to be provided in these reports. 268. The first, second and third sets of detailed annual reports under the Decision were presented to the Council's end-of-year meetings in 2003, 2006 and 2009, and updates to the Council's meetings in the intervening years. Therefore, this year developed country Members should submit the second set of updates to the new detailed reports they provided in 2009 on actions taken or planned in pursuance of their commitments under Article 66.2 prior to the Council's end of year meeting scheduled for 25-26 October. As provided in paragraph 2 of the Decision, the Council shall review these updates at that meeting. 269. Accordingly, he suggested that developed country Members be requested to provide updates to their reports on actions they had taken or planned in pursuance of their commitments under Article 66.2 by 30 September, i.e. about three weeks before the meeting, in order to allow their timely circulation and review at the Council's meeting in October.
IP/C/M/66