Bananas: US Makes New Overture to EU; EU Agrees to Meet With Ecuador

Volume
2,
Number
45
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23 November 1998
23 November 1998
There were two new developments last week in the on-going dispute between the EU and members of the so-called G-5 (U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala) over the EU's proposed revised banana import regime. First, Ecuador requested that the EU "reactivate" bilateral consultations, in...
23 November 1998
The Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) concluded its annual meet last week in Malaysia, where APEC ministers agreed in effect not to act on two key initiatives: a long-suffering APEC free trade agreement, moving talks on trade instead to the WTO (see BRIDGES Weekly Trade News Digest, Vol. 2, No. 44...
23 November 1998
Members of the World Trade Organisation met last week to confirm the High-level meeting on Trade and the Environment and the High-level meeting on Trade and Development. (See also BRIDGES Weekly Trade News Digest, Vol. 2, No. 42, November 2, 1998). The dates of these meetings have been also been...
23 November 1998
Chaired by Ambassador Nestor Osorio Londoño of Colombia, the WTO Agriculture Committee convened on 17-18 December 1998. In the context of the Committee's annual review of how least developed countries (LDCs) and net food-importing developing countries (NFIDCs) are faring under the WTO agricultural...
23 November 1998
Six scientists with Health Canada, the health safety arm of the Canadian government, have come forward to protest what they claim is pressure by Health Canada officials to approve drugs for use before adequate testing had been done. The scientists came forward after a series of drugs and animal...
23 November 1998
The U.S. November 16 announced it would bar American companies from doing business with nearly 300 Indian and Pakistani firms and agencies as part of an ongoing, but eased, U.S. sanctions regime devised to punish India and Pakistan for nuclear tests conducted last May. The U.S. published a list of...
23 November 1998
Trade experts and economists from the Group of 77 (G-77) developing nations last week said loopholes and rigidities in the WTO system are hampering global free trade. Agricultural subsidies, environmental and labour standards in developed countries work together to create barriers to export growth...
23 November 1998
The European Commission (EC) last week announced its adoption of a comprehensive strategy for the sustainable development of European forests. The EC says the strategy is based on the "multi-functional nature of forests," and aims to strike a balance between environmental protection and the...
23 November 1998
• EVENTS WTO MEETINGS 23-24 November 1998: Informal Meeting of the General Council. For information, contact Keith Rockwell, WTO, tel: (41) 22 739 5007. 23, 25 November 1998: Trade Policy Review of Uruguay. For information, contact Lucie Giraud, WTO, tel: (41) 22 739 5075. 25 November 1998: Dispute...