The new chairpersons are:
Committee on Agriculture: Mr. Roald
P. Lapperre (Netherlands)
Committee on Anti-Dumping: Mr.
Ernesto Fernández (Costa Rica)
Committee on Customs Valuation: Mr.
Robin Twyman (United Kingdom)
Committee on Import Licensing: Ms. V.
Committee on Market Access: Dr. Magdi
Committee on Rules of Origin: Ms. V.
Committee on Safeguards: Mr. Hervé
Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary
Measures: Mr. Gregg Young (United States)
Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing
Measures: Mr. J. Hirose (Japan)
Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade:
Mr. Sudhakar Dalela (India)
Committee on Trade-Related Investment
Measures: Mr. Sivaramen Palayathan (Mauritius)
Working Party on State Trading
Enterprises: Mr. R. Mosisili (Lesotho)
ITA Committee: Mr. Frédéric Seppey
The Council also welcomed its new Chairperson,
Ambassador Alfredo Vicente Chiaradia of Argentina, and paid tribute to its
outgoing Chairperson, Ambassador Milan Hovorka of the Czech Republic.
The Council continued its review of the operation of the Agreement on
Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMs). Brazil, India, Pakistan and
Colombia reiterated their support for undertaking a study on the impact of
the TRIMs Agreement. The United States, the European Communities and Canada
maintained that the review had been exhausted and saw no need for further
studies. The Council agreed to revert to this item at its next meeting.
Also on TRIMs, the Council Chairman, under “Other Business”, said that he
had convened an initial round of informal consultations to consider
Pakistan's request for the extension period under the TRIMs Agreement. These
consultations would be continued by the new Chairman.
Ecuador expressed concern that the enlargement of the EC would affect
previous agreements with the EC regarding banana imports. It asked the EC to
clarify its new tariff rate quota regime for bananas following enlargement.
The US and Canada said they shared Ecuador's concerns regarding insufficient
information from the EC about what market access would be in the expanded EU
for hundreds of tariff lines, and whether WTO commitments would be upheld.
The EC said that an updated regulation has established a new annual quota
which amounts to 300,000 tonnes from May to December 2004. It added that
this quota adjustment does not prejudge the compensation negotiations it
would conduct with trading partners on the banana trade they lost with the
entry of ten new countries into the EC.
Goods Council approved the following waiver requests and forwarded the
relevant draft decisions to the General Council for adoption: Senegal, in
the area of customs valuation; and Israel, Malaysia, Panama for the
introduction of Harmonized System 1996 changes into their WTO tariff
The Council agreed to send to the
Committee on Regional Trade Agreements for examination the following: The
EC-Chile Interim Agreement; the Free Trade Agreement between Chile and El
Salvador; the Central European Free Trade Agreement — Accession of the
Republic of Croatia; the Free Trade Agreement between Croatia and Albania;
the Free Trade Agreement between Albania and Bulgaria; and the Free Trade
Agreement between Albania and the United Nations Interim Administration
Mission in Kosovo.