However, further liberalization of the EC’s agriculture, notably
through simplification of its tariff structure and reduction of duty
rates, as well as the downsizing of the levels of support, would
substantially contribute to the promotion of world trade.
The report notes that despite the continued decoupling of payments from
production, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) falls
short of liberalizing EC’s agriculture. Moreover, the report identifies
certain areas where further harmonization within the EC may be needed;
these include internal tax rates, some services, and customs procedures.
The WTO report, along with a policy
statement by the Government, will be the basis for the Trade Policy
Review (TPR) by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO.
following documents are available in MS Word format.
- Secretariat report
> Contents and summary observations (12 pages,
> Economic environment (15 pages,
> Trade regime (21 pages,
> Trade policies and practices by measure
(47 pages, 726KB)
> Trade policies by sector
(60 pages, 671KB)
> Appendix tables (70 pages,
(3 pages, 46KB)
- Government report (20 pages,
- Chairperson's concluding remarks
of the meeting are available approximately 6 weeks after the meeting.
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Trade Policy Reviews are an exercise, mandated in the WTO agreements,
in which member countries’ trade and related policies are examined and
evaluated at regular intervals. Significant developments that may have
an impact on the global trading system are also monitored. For each
review, two documents are prepared: a policy statement by the
government of the member under review, and a detailed report written
independently by the WTO Secretariat. These two documents are then
discussed by the WTO’s full membership in the Trade Policy Review Body
(TPRB). These documents and the proceedings of the TPRB’s meetings are
published shortly afterwards.
copies of previous TPR publications are available for sale from the
WTO Secretariat, Centre William Rappard, 154 rue de Lausanne, 1211
Genève 21 and through the on-line
TPR publications are also available from our co-publisher Bernan Press, 4611-F Assembly Drive, Lanham, MD 20706-4391, United States.
Schedule of forthcoming reviews
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Brazil : 29 November and 1
Switzerland/Liechtenstein : 15 and 17 December 2004
Jamaica : 17 and 19 January 2005