Fischler calls for more attention for developing country concerns
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CTA. 2003. Fischler calls for more attention for developing country concerns. Agritrade, March 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The EU Agricultural Commissioner Franz Fischler called for developed countries...
The EU Agricultural Commissioner Franz Fischler called for developed countries to do more for developing countries in terms of market access on February 4th 2003. Developed countries should grant zero duty access for 50% of imports from developing countries. He also called for fairer burden-sharing between developed economies and not proposals which put the burden only onto others. This statement came against the background of EU proposals for a 55% reduction in trade-distorting subsidies, a 45% reduction in export-subsidy expenditures and a 36% reduction in tariffs. However the EU's offer was conditional upon closing the 'de minimus' loophole (which allows the US to provide US $8 billion in highly trade-distorting farm subsidies without any WTO discipline) and the establishment of binding disciplines for export credits, the operation of state-trading enterprises and the dumping of surpluses as food aid. Comment: In presenting its concerns about the WTO agricultural negotiations, the Commission once again begins with issues designed to attract the interest of developing countries before moving rapidly on to their core concerns over US agricultural policy.