The report also notes that the European Communities is the world’s
leading exporter and the second-largest importer of goods, and its
economy has continued to support global growth by maintaining its market
open, but trade barriers remain in a few but important areas, notably
agriculture. Indeed, the report states that despite an increase in the
exposure of farmers to world markets due to the implementation of the
2003 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), further reduction of export
subsidies and tariffs on agriculture are needed.
The report, along with a policy statement by the European Communities,
will be the basis for the eighth Trade Policy Review (TPR) of the
European Communities by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 26
and 28 February 2007.
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.
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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
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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Australia: 5 and 7 March 2007
Canada: 21 and 23 March 2007
Costa Rica: 7 and 9 May
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