Monthly Archives: May 2004

Tax-breaks fracture FSC revision

Ed Feul­ner, pres­i­dent of the Her­itage Foun­da­tion, “explains”:http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed051004c.cfm why the Con­gress has so far failed to pass a law fix­ing the FSC export sub­si­dies that the WTO found (twice) were ille­gal, risk­ing an increase in sanc­tions already being applied by the EU. bq. There ought to be a law against such shenani­gans. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, we already […]

EU offer to eliminate export subsidies

The “announcement(AFP sto­ry, via Yahoo)”:http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1518&ncid=1518&e=18&u=/afp/20040510/bs_afp/eu_wto_trade_farm_subsidies_040510123333 by the EU’s agri­cul­ture com­mis­sion­er (Franz Fis­chler) that the Com­mis­sion would pro­pose to its Mem­ber States the elim­i­na­tion of six bil­lion dol­lars in export sub­si­dies seems to set the stage for agree­ment on agri­cul­tur­al reform in the Doha nego­ti­a­tions. It’s a dra­mat­ic move that encour­ages hope for renewed progress on […]

Update: more detail of the EC proposals

The text of the EC Trade Commissioner’s let­ter to Mem­ber States[⇒ relat­ed sto­ry] has now been released. In it Lamy explains the ori­gins of the lat­est EC pro­pos­al. bq. It is clear that the objec­tive of elim­i­nat­ing all forms of export sub­si­dies is one which is shared by the great major­i­ty of par­tic­i­pants. Before Can­cun, […]

Update: EC’s market access claims

In his let­ter to Mem­ber States[⇒ relat­ed sto­ry], Pas­cal Lamy jus­ti­fies the Commission’s call for a ‘blend­ed for­mu­la’ for mar­ket access reforms in this way: bq. The aver­age applied farm tar­iff in the EU is 10.5%, while Brazil’s tar­iff is 30% and the tar­iff among devel­op­ing coun­tries is 60%. Approach­es on how to improve access […]

Poorest countries seek re-launch of WTO talks

The “news(link to BBC news report)”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3688259.stm from the meet­ing of trade min­is­ters of the “least-devel­oped countries”:http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/org7_e.htm in Dakar (Sene­gal) is that the group wants to see the Doha nego­ti­a­tions re-engage as soon as pos­si­ble. But their will­ing­ness to make pro­ce­dur­al con­ces­sions on the orga­ni­za­tion of talks doesn’t, unfor­tu­nate­ly, add up to much progress on the […]

Buying your way out of a jam

Fas­ci­nat­ing idea. Express toll­way lanes that dri­vers may elect to use—at vari­able cost—to escape con­ges­tion. bq. The price would change with the degree of con­ges­tion, so that a pre­mi­um is charged when the rest of the road­way is espe­cial­ly crowd­ed but the toll drops as the high­way emp­ties. On State Road 91 in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, […]

More on the FTA: the Intellectual Property provisions

Kim Weatherall’s”:http://weatherall.blogspot.com/ detailed sub­mis­sion to the Joint Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Treaties makes a com­pelling case that the pro­vi­sions on term of copy­right, anti-cir­cum­ven­­tion and ISP lia­bil­i­ties in the Free Trade Agree­ment are too pre­scrip­tive (leav­ing lit­tle room for Par­lia­ment to craft appro­pri­ate statutes), weight­ed too much to the inter­ests of the rights own­ers and agreed […]