Copa and Cogeca urge EU and WTO members to ensure balanced deal on export competition

As world trade partners gather in Nairobi this week to kick start the 10th Ministerial conference on Doha round of world trade talks, Copa and Cogeca urged the EU and WTO to ensure that the talks are balanced especially vis-à-vis export competition.

Speaking in Brussels, Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “We are committed to the world trade system and Doha round of WTO trade talks since 2008 as they represent a good opportunity for us to deal in a comprehensive manner agriculture trade and fair trading rules, namely export competition, domestic support and the open up of markets “It is not just about agriculture, it is about development, growth and jobs. The EU has already committed itself to not use refunds on agricultural exports since 2008. But we need to see similar commitments from other trade partners who also use different forms of export support. We want further commitments from WTO members to address domestic support in the post Nairobi programme as we see no positive developments around the world. We need to kick-start the stalled round of Doha world trade liberalising talks”, he warned

“We consequently urge the EU this week to ensure that they get a fair deal for European farmers and agri-cooperatives at the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi”, he concluded.

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