Clive George from Manchester University summarized orally the final
Global Overview of the Doha Development Agenda report. China is set to
gain, but some LDCs will lose. If the benefits from the DDA are
people-weighted, then one could say that most people would gain, .i.e.
China has enough people.
Rupert Schlegelmilch will do a presentation at the CTE in Geneva in
July. The Task Force on Aid for Trade will present results toward the
end of July.
Clive George said Manchester is taking the World Bank predictions of
the gains from trade. Thomas Ruddy asked Schlegelmilch about Lamy's
statement that the WTO will publish such predictions itself to increase
the credibility of such predictions, and whether they would be broken
down by country, as Colin Kirkpatrick had noted that it is hard to
generalize about individual country gains in SIAs. Perhaps each country
is a special case.
The BBC has published an At-a-Glance
Guide on Poor countries
and trade. It is a simpler way than Impact Assessment to condense
at Finnish Presidency on 20th June
Several members of the European Trade
Network of NGOs visited the Representation of the Finnish Presidency
with deputy trade negotiator Anne Vasara. Thomas Ruddy referred to the
priority to be placed on impact assessment in the statement on the
official Website, http://www.eu2006.fi/the_presidency/en_GB/presidency_agenda/
"The aim is to use impact-assessment to help determine whether
new regulations are needed and for a thorough examination of the
necessary measures. Finland will also endeavour to steer simplification
proposals through the Council."
Ms Vasara announced two forthcoming Commission Communications on China:
one of them in general terms and the other on trade with and investment
in China. Task Force on Aid for Trade will present its report toward
the end of July.
The NAMA negotiations are about reducing both tariffs using a formula
and Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs). Friends of the Earth Europe expressed
concern over reduced NTBs in the form of sectorals on forestry and
Other NGOs spoke on gender issues and TRIPs
Meeting Concluding the Sustainability A-Test Project on 20th June
The project's new domain name www.sustainabilitya-test.net
was opened from the
existing identical project Website http://ivm5.ivm.vu.nl/sat/
Andreas Kraemer from Ecologic spoke on the Commission-wide impact
assessment procedures. Wouter de Ridder from the project partner
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency MNP gave an introduction to
the Website before the official ceremonious opening of it by Pierre
Valette (acting Director DG RTD-I).
Craig Robertson from the European Commission's Secretariat-General
("Impact Assessment, Institutional matters and better regulation")
expressed his pleasure with the results.
The project results are to be
- the rest of the Commission (besides DG Research RTD and DG
A representative from the European Environment Agency (EEA) in
Copenhagen asked whether member states should not also be addressed in
view of their doing impact assessments. Andreas Kraemer was delighted
to hear from DG RTD that the results were pleasing and wanted to launch
a dissemination strategy.
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