USTR - Statement from USTR Spokeswoman Christin Baker
                 
The Office of the United States Trade Representative

Statement from USTR Spokeswoman Christin Baker
10/28/2005

“From our early analysis, we are disappointed with the new EU proposal.  While in some ways it is a step in the right direction and we acknowledge the EC’s efforts, much more needs to be done.  First, the proposed tariff reductions are lower than proposals from the G-20 developing countries and far lower than the U.S. proposal.  As concerning, the large number of exceptions for so-called sensitive products apparently has not changed from earlier EU proposals, and another element – the ‘pivot’ – actually walks back from their last proposal.  Both of these elements would allow substantial loopholes to the relatively lower tariff cuts the EU has offered.   If the final Doha agreement on agriculture were to go no further than this, other areas would also be weak and the Doha Round would not approach its potential for promoting development, opportunity and global economic growth.”  

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