EU sticks its neck out for greener trade

Environment, agriculture, cited as potential "deal breakers" as pre-Doha talks continue

The EU has demanded meaningful talks on environmental issues during preparatory meetings in advance of November's ministerial conference of the World trade organisation (WTO), but is encountering stiff opposition from most other countries, both industrialised and developing.

The Doha summit is intended to launch a new round of trade liberalisation negotiations. Preparations are proceeding at a frenzied pace following the WTO's proposal in late September of an initial draft ministerial declaration, followed shortly afterwards by a specific plan for agriculture talks. A follow-up ministerial session is to be held this weekend in Singapore.

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