Brussels, 1st February 2002
EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy welcomed today's decision in Geneva
on establishing the negotiating structures for the new round of WTO trade
negotiations. He said: "WTO members in Geneva have taken the first,
important, indeed necessary, step towards implementing the negotiating
mandate agreed in Doha. These decisions mean the WTO is now able to start
the actual work of the negotiations. The EU will continue to build up
this momentum by presenting its negotiating proposals at an early stage
with a view to completing the DDA in 3 years."
the 5th Ministerial in 2003, the Doha Development Agenda will have negotiating
bodies for Agriculture, Services, Industrial Tariffs, Trade Rules, Intellectual
Property and Environment. The Trade Negotiation Committee (TNC) will be
chaired by the Director General of the WTO.
The Declaration of the 4th Ministerial Conference of WTO in Doha in November
2001 provides for the establishment of a Trade Negotiation Committee (TNC)
not later than 31 January 2002. The TNC acts under the authority of the
General Council and shall establish appropriate negotiating mechanisms
and supervise the progress of the negotiations. Today's decision comes
after several weeks of discussion in Geneva as to how exactly the negotiating
mechanism should be set up.