BRAZILIA, Brazil, August 18, 2003 -- CropChoice news -- EFE, 08/14/03:
Brazil rejects a joint U.S.-EU proposal for liberalizing
trade in farm products as part of a possible broader
agreement to be negotiated under the auspices of the
World Trade Organization, Foreign Minister Celso Amorim
"Brazil does not like the proposal, because it
is negative in what it specifies and is vague in what
could be positive," the foreign minister told the
Agricultural and Rural Policy Commission of the lower
house of Congress.
EU and U.S. trade representatives unveiled a proposal
in Geneva on Thursday to try to promote trade negotiations
for farm products, which are included in the agenda
of the next meeting of the WTO set to take place in
Cancun, Mexico, in September.
Among the recommendations included in the proposal
is the elimination of subsidies and export credits for
a list of products of special interest for underdeveloped
The proposal also calls for underdeveloped nations
to be allowed to maintain higher tariffs for longer
periods on certain products.
This special treatment would allow those nations to
employ safeguard clauses for products they consider
"more sensitive" during the upcoming negotiations.
Amorim said President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's administration
considers, however, that the proposal favors EU and
U.S. trade and makes it harder for poorer and less industrialized
countries to obtain market access.