EU continues to push "greener" world trade

WTO environment committee meets in Geneva; EU offers trading rewards to poor countries

The EU continued its efforts to promote greener trade at the latest session of the World trade organisation (WTO) environment committee, held last week in Geneva. The discussions revealed continuing scepticism about Europe's approach on the part of many countries.

In negotiations under the Doha trade liberalisation round the committee pursued talks on the relationship between WTO rules and multilateral environmental agreements and on tariff reductions for environmental goods. In both debates, EU calls for development of general principles were opposed by other countries favouring more practical or bottom-up approaches.

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