from meetings on 25/26th April 2006
John Clarke from DG Trade was critical of the US having made a "major
strategic mistake" and "painted itself into a corner". Now Susan Schwab
was succeeding US TR Robert Portman and demanding the impossible from
all so as to convince its domesic farmers that it was demanding the
maximum from others. Brazil, he said, was "playing Pied Piper" to
developing countries with which it doesn't have as much in common as it
Clarke downplayed the importance of cutting subsidies and judged
instead that the "real future" for developing countries would be in
exporting to emerging economies.
A ministerial meeting may be held in June.
Asked what real progress has been achieved, Clarke referreed to the new
provisions for cutting tariffs on environmental goods.
from meeting on 26th April 2006
George and Colin Kirkpatrick from the University of Manchester
Clive George explained that the World Bank assessment of welfare gains
was based on full liberalization while the assessment done by the
Carnegie Endowment assumed only partial liberalization.
Thomas Ruddy asked again about the differences and form of interplay
between DG Trade's SIA procedure and the Commission-wide IA procedure.
Colin Kirkpatrick replied that he had taken the Commission-wide IA into
account "in our base material". Both contractors recommended the IAIA
journal entitled "Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal", the
September 06 issue of which will be on the SIA process.
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