EU Council agrees on common conclusions
ahead of WTO summit
European Union member states including 10 new accession
countries have adopted a set of conclusions setting out the EUs
views on the upcoming World Trade Organisation ministerial conference
in Cancun in September.
The conclusions of the Council, welcomed by EU Trade Commissioner Pascal
Lamy, argue that more trade opening and rules have to work to the benefit
of all, and in particular developing countries.
The conclusions highlight a number of issues ranging from agriculture
to industrial goods and access to medicines to development measures
for third world countries.
In agriculture, the EU is committed to lead the way towards an ambitious
outcome in Cancun. In the area of industrial goods the EU wishes to
see further tariff cuts based on a single formula addressing tariff
peaks, tariff escalation and high tariffs, as well as action on non-tariff
Another sensitive issue is access to medicines for poor countries with
no manufacturing capacity. The conclusions call on the US to join the
consensus already reached with all other WTO members.
In terms of development measures for developing countries the EU wants
to ensure that Cancun agrees on a package of concrete and substantial
measures giving developing countries special and preferential treatment.
The Council also stresses the need to agree on a set of measures aimed
at least-developed countries, including all developed countries granting
duty-free and quota free access to LDCs products.
On trade and the environment the Council stresses the need to reach
a successful result in Cancun.