World Trade Organization - WTO

World Trade Organization - WTO

The World Trade Organization (http://www.wto.org) is the international organization dealing with the rules of trade between member states. The main goal is to help maximize production and trade with goods and services in order to optimally utilize world resources in accordance with the goal of permanent development and protection of the environment. 

World Trade Organization was created by the Final Act of the Uruguay Round on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The Slovak Republic became a founding member of WTO on 1 January 1995. The Slovak Republic became a contracting party to the GATT since 1 January 1993 by the Protocol of Accession to the GATT.

Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization is published in Collection of Laws of the Slovak Republic No. 152/2000 Coll. (http://www.justice.gov.sk).

Co-operation with the WTO is administered by the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic (http://www.economy.gov.sk) in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, which is responsible for financial services and customs policy.