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Some 39,000 of these documents are already in the public domain. The Decision of
the WTO's General Council of 15 May 2006 means that some further 49,000
documents that still remain restricted will be made public starting 1 June 2006
The WTO Secretariat is currently developing a database to house these documents
and will make all materials available progressively. Many of the documents exist
only in paper copies and will need to be scanned to create electronic versions
As of 1 June 2006, all documents relating to the Uruguay Round of Trade
Negotiations will be available on the WTO website (ca. 4,000 documents). In
July, an additional 32,000 documents will be posted. The remainder will be added
progressively as they are scanned and controlled for quality.
The WTO website currently offers public access to over 150,000 WTO official
documents in English, French and Spanish from 1995 to the present. The addition
of GATT documents from 1947 to 1995 will be a complement to the WTO collection.