Committee on TBTs

Volume
2,
Number
36
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21 September 1998
21 September 1998
During the TBT Committee Meeting, the U.S. and Canada complained against a new EU regulation requiring labels for products made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The U.S. and Canada--major producers of GMO products such as corn and soya beans--argued that the EU labelling scheme lacked an...
21 September 1998
The SPS Committee met 15-16 September. Most of the substance of its discussions took place in informal sessions during the week the Committee met. In different informal sessions, the Committee discussed adoption of guidelines regarding the appropriate level of sanitary or phytosanitary protection...
21 September 1998
Officials from the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum met September 13-15 in Malaysia to discuss a regional free trade package due for consideration by APEC leaders at a November summit. APEC ministers agreed last year to fast track liberalisation of at least 9 of 15 sectors by 1999,...
21 September 1998
EU officials were optimistic that the end was in sight as they headed into the 21st round of trade talks with South Africa last week in Brussels. The EU and South Africa have tried for four years to conclude a free trade agreement that would incorporate about 90 percent of trade between the two...
21 September 1998
Last week the Indian government rejected calls for a so-called "Millennium Round" of global trade talks. The EU in June called for a "comprehensive new round of liberalising negotiations," to begin toward the end of 1999. India and most other developing nations are opposed to a new round of global...
21 September 1998
The European Commission (EC) last week approved a proposal from EU External Relations Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan calling for increased U.S.-EU co-operation on a number of bilateral and multilateral trade issues. In its proposals for a "Transatlantic Economic Partnership" (TEP), the European...
21 September 1998
The WTO General Council met in informal session on 18 September. A number of issues, such as the role of private sector and NGOs in the WTO, development questions, and the role of the trading system in helping to turn the current economic crisis around, were discussed. The issue of transparency and...
21 September 1998
On 9 September, the WTO Secretariat circulated a communication from the Chair of the Appellate Body to the Chair of the Dispute Settlement Body, to inform the DSB of the reasons for the delay in issuance of the Appellate Body report on the US appeal of the shrimp-turtle case. The relevant paragraph...
21 September 1998
UNCTAD has released its 1998 Trade and Development Report, which focuses on the international financial systems. In particular, the Report offers an in-depth analysis of the causes and consequences of the current financial crisis, and a fresh approach to development prospects in Africa and the kind...
21 September 1998
• EVENTS WTO Meetings: COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS, 23-25 September. For information, contact Richard Eglin, tel: (41) 22 739 5148 SPECIAL SESSION OF THE WTO GENERAL COUNCIL, 24-25 September. For information, contact Paulo Barthel-Rosa, tel: (41) 22 739 5095 Other Meetings: EUROSITE 1998...
21 September 1998
Research Assistant The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is seeking to hire a Research Assistant for its Sustainable Consumption and Trade Initiative (SCTI). IIED is an independent not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to support the realisation of sustainable...