Peter Van den Bossche appointed as one of the seven members of the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht welcomes today's appointment in Geneva of Belgium's Peter Van den Bossche as one of seven members of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The DSB is the highest body for settling global trade disputes. Naturally, the appointment of a Belgian to this august circle is good for our country's image.

Professor Van den Bossche was appointed to represent the EU after a broad consultation process with the WTO member countries. He was actively supported by the European Commission throughout the campaign stage, but the efforts made by Belgian diplomats also helped to land the job for Van den Bossche, who will take up his renewable four-year mandate in 12 December 2009.

The minister congratulates Professor Van den Bossche on the appointment. Van den Bossche's pro-development outlook and his in-depth knowledge of international trade law, of WTO institutions, and of the settlement of international economic disputes were all crucial factors in landing him this prestigious job. Other factors that secured him the job included his image as an independent-minded, impartial and collegial person and also his personal enthusiasm.