Archive - Oct 2005

October 28th

Chirac signals France would block trade talks

Original Publication Date: 
27 October, 2005
President Jacques Chirac of France broke with the rest of the Union and said he was prepared to block world trade talks. Chirac's intervention came as the European Commission was due Friday to make a new offer to break the deadlock on world trade negotiations.

LDCs request exemption from TRIPS for another 15 years

Original Publication Date: 
27 October, 2005
The least developed countries in the WTO have made a request to the TRIPS Council to extend the transitional period for their implementing the TRIPS Agreement for a further 15 years after the present transition period expires at the end of this year.

Impasse on talks on TRIPS and Health 'permanent solution'

Original Publication Date: 
27 October, 2005
An impasse became evident on negotiations on the major remaining issue relating to the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health when some key members appeared far apart on a solution, and disagreed even on how the process of consultations is going on, during a meeting of the TRIPS Council on 25 October.

October 27th

Chirac will block Doha before cuts in farm aid

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2005
Mr Chirac used the Hampton Court summit to fire a warning shot across the bows of Peter Mandelson, EU trade commissioner, who will today present a new European offer on agriculture to help break the deadlock in the Doha world trade talks.

European NGO statement: 12 key demands to the EU in the run-up to the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2005
The statement has been signed by 35 groups from over 30 countries representing development, environment, gender, fair trade and religious groups as well as farmers, trade union related groups and research groups.

EC benchmark proposals

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2005
EC proposal as regards the benchmarks.

Trade growth in 2005 to slow from record 2004 pace

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2005
Lower economic output will slow world trade growth in 2005, according to WTO annual publication International Trade Statistics released on 27 October 2005.

Arbitratror issues second award on Banana dispute

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2005
The WTO issued the second award of the arbitrator regarding the European Communities' implementation of the waiver granted by the Doha Ministerial Conference in relation to its banana regime

G33 Proposal on the Special Safeguard Mechanism in Agriculture

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2005
G33 proposal in the agriculture negotiations, on the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) for use by developing countries to protect against import surges.

EU must keep CAP to protect food security, warns Paris

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2005
Mr Breton is as ardent as any French minister in arguing that the CAP is essential for Europe's future and must not be sacrificed at the altar of the World Trade Organisation.