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 said Thursday.
"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 countries.
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.