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Meeting on trade and sustainable development:

  • Date: 02/03/2001, 10:00 hrs-17:00 hrs (Registration closed)
  • Location: CCAB(Borschette), Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 27/02/2001 12:00

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  • Date: 02/03/2001, 10:00 hrs-17:00 hrs (registration closed)
  • Location: CCAB(Borschette), Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 27/02/2001 12:00

Meeting on trade and sustainable development: Chairman's summary Friday 2 March 2001 The attached list of organisations participated in this well-attended meeting. The atmosphere was one of free and sometimes heated discussion about the DG Trade informal discussion paper on trade and sustainable development. After introduction of the paper by the Commission service (DG Trade), summing up the intention of the paper (launch and stimulate debate), as well as its context (Cardiff process, preparations for Göteborg summit and the Union's contribution to the Rio+10 process), a general round of comments and questions took place. Participants reactions concentrated on the following issues: Purpose and status of the paper: it fell short of being a strategy paper, and asked more questions than it could answer - status: since the paper had been produced under responsibility of DG Trade, what was its position within the Commission's overall Rio+10/sustainable development strategy? Definition of sustainable development and sustainable trade: the paper did not clearly define these or at least complicated matters by adding an undefined concept of sustainable trade to a barely settled definition of sustainable development. Agriculture: the proposals made in the paper did not sufficiently address questi

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