by the EU to reform its Common Agricultural Policy is a necessary step forward
that we hope will provide a useful impetus to the WTO negotiations. We
appreciate the work of Commissioners Fischler and Lamy, backed by EU Member
States, in taking this action. We hope that the compromises that altered the
original Commission proposal do not limit the EU's ability to contribute to
global reform in agriculture.
Robert B. Zoellick, United States Trade Representative
Ann M. Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture
critical step is for the EU to promptly translate today's decision into
meaningful WTO proposals in the three core areas agreed in the Doha declaration:
harmonizing and substantially reducing trade-distorting domestic supports,
eliminating export subsidies, and substantially improving market access through
tariff reductions. Without new EU agricultural proposals in the WTO, the world
cannot fully assess the impact of CAP reform.
"It is crucial
that the EU press forward with significant agricultural trade reform promptly so
that we can work with the EU and others to advance WTO negotiations at the next
Ministerial Meeting in Cancun in September.
Development Agenda offers the world a once-in-a-generation opportunity to spur
economic growth and development. There is a broad consensus among WTO members
that reforming global agricultural trade is key to Doha, because of
agriculture's vital importance to so many countries, particularly developing
States believes that the WTO agricultural negotiations must be ambitious and
provide real reform and improved market access for U.S. farmers and ranchers.
That's why we've proposed to eliminate export subsidies, slash global
agricultural tariffs, and cut $100 billion in annual trade-distorting domestic
farm support in a fashion that harmonizes the limits at much lower levels. We've
joined the voices of reform in the developing world in calling on others,
particularly those with the largest subsidies, such as the European Union and
Japan, to embrace reform."