The odds of a new round of world trade negotiations including substantive talks on environmental issues have lengthened following the emergence of a new draft text for ministerial agreement at the Doha summit, due to start on 9 November. Despite strong pressure from the EU, the draft proposes no new environmental negotiations.
Backed by several countries including Japan, the EU has consistently championed calls for clarification of the relationship between world trade and environmental rules since the last WTO ministerial summit in Seattle in 1999. It faces trenchant opposition from developing countries, which suspect hidden protectionist motives.
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