EU's new attitude could budge trade talks

May 12, 2005, as reported by The EU has expressed a new willingness to discuss eliminating trade distorting practices. According a report by, European Commissioner for agriculture, Mariann Fischer Boel indicated recently she would “accept a ‘new blue box definition’, referring to the European Union’s (EU) key set aside agricultural subsidies.”

The new attitude could prove beneficial in moving ahead talks in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Development Round.