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.
These include further liberalization of
services, both at the intra-EC level and vis-à-vis third countries, and of its
agricultural policies through the simplification of its tariff structure and the
reduction of its high tariff rates on, and incentives to the production and
export of, agricultural products. Such reforms would also contribute to the
improvement of the EC’s resource allocation and advance the full establishment
of its internal market.
The report also notes that the European
Communities, as the world’s leading exporter and the second-largest importer of
goods, is expected to continue contributing to making trade play a key role in
shortening and reversing the current global economic slowdown.
The report, along with a policy statement by the European Communities, will be
the basis for the ninth Trade Policy Review (TPR) of the European Communities by
the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 6 and 8 April 2009.
The 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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Mozambique: 22 and 24 April
Solomon Islands: 6 and 8 May 2009
New Zealand: 10 and 12 June 2009
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