WTO & Plurilaterals

WTO & Plurilaterals

WTO: EU and ACP countries at odds over special treatment for developing economies ahead of Nairobi

Behind the EU Commission’s recent overtures to least-developed-countries – LDCs – in the current negotiations towards a package of measures ahead of the Nairobi WTO Ministerial in December lies a deeper motive: have big emerging markets sign up to import tariff reductions. Though tariffs are not formally part of the …

WTO & Plurilaterals

Doha: EU and US take opposing views on exempting LDCs indefinitely from TRIPs obligations for health

Intensive consultations are ongoing in Geneva to try to craft an agreement on parts of the Doha Development Round agenda. Agricultural export subsidies, transparency, and measures in favour of least-developed countries are shaping up as the minimum package WTO members aim for ahead of the December Nairobi Ministerial. According to …

Agriculture WTO & Plurilaterals

French centre-right MEPs call for taking into account EU agricultural sensitivies in Doha Round

The next INTA committee meeting on 15 October will discuss amendments to a planned motion for a resolution on the WTO Doha Development Agenda. French MEPs Tokia Saifi and Fank Proust, of the centre-right EPP group and members of the committee reveal how much agricultural protection remains a French concern. …

TiSA

Draft INTA report on TiSA

MEP Viviane Reding has released a draft report on the ongoing plurilateral Trade in Services negotiations. The text says TiSA should be “a stepping-stone towards renewed ambitions at WTO level for a positive list in market access”, wants the EU “to carry out the negotiations on a preferential basis and …

WTO & Plurilaterals

Miniature package on Doha work programme for Nairobi Ministerial in sight

After the G20 meeting of trade ministers in Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday, WTO DG Roberto Azevedo said that a package of “potential deliverables” for the Nairobi meeting “could include: export competition [in agriculture], a package of development and LDC issues, and some transparency provisions”. He added: “These are promising …