Actas - Consejo de los ADPIC - Ver detalles de la intervención/declaración

Ambassador Carlos Pérez del Castillo (Uruguay)
102. The Chairperson informed the Council that on 21 May 1999, the Government of Estonia had accepted, subject to ratification, the Protocol of Accession of Estonia to the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization, done at Geneva on 21 May 1999 (WT/Let/300). Paragraph 2 of the Protocol of Accession for Estonia (circulated in document WT/ACC/EST/30) incorporated the commitment given by Estonia in relation to intellectual property as reproduced in paragraph 126 of the report of the Working Party on the Accession of Estonia. This paragraph said that "the representative of Estonia stated that Estonia would fully apply all the provisions of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights from the date of its accession to the WTO, without recourse to any transitional period". Estonia had deposited its instrument of ratification and would become Member of the WTO on 13 November 1999. Consequently, it would be under an obligation to apply the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement as of that date. 103. The Chairperson suggested that, in accordance with the practice so far in respect of newly acceded Members, the Council add Estonia to the list of Members whose implementing legislation would be reviewed in the second part of 2000.