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7 October 2008
B6‑0529/2008} RC1
pursuant to Rule 103(4) of the Rules of Procedure, by
   Georgios Papastamkos, Robert Sturdy, Corien Wortmann-Kool and Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
   Erika Mann, on behalf of the PSE Group
   Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Gianluca Susta, Daniel Dăianu and Ignasi Guardans Cambó, on behalf of the ALDE Group
   Mieczysław Edmund Janowski, Adam Bielan, Cristiana Muscardini, Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Zbigniew Krzysztof Kuźmiuk and Seán Ó Neachtain, on behalf of the UEN Group
replacing the motions by the following groups:
   UEN (B6‑0521/2008)
   PPE-DE (B6‑0524/2008)
   ALDE (B6‑0525/2008)
   PSE (B6‑0529/2008)
on the suspension of the WTO Doha Round and the future of the Doha Development Agenda

European Parliament resolution on the suspension of the WTO Doha Round and the future of the Doha Development Agenda 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Doha MinistePersonNamerial Declaration of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of 14 November 2001,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on the Doha Development Agenda (DDA),

–  having regard to the Outcome Document of the 2008 Annual Session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, adopted by consensus on 12 September 2008 in Geneva,

–  having regard to Rule 103(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the WTO ministePersonNamerial talks intended to close the Doha Round stalled at the end of July 2008,

B.  whereas negotiations broke down in Geneva in July 2008; whereas some progress was achieved on certain issues, while other issues important for the conclusion of full modalities were not dealt with in the outline agreement,

C.  whereas the interests of the developing countries, and in particular of the least developed countries, as well as the commitment of all WTO members to the 'Development Round', should be kept at the heart of the negotiations,

D.  whereas a failure to conclude the Doha Round would add to the current global economic uncertainty and could challenge the credibility of the multilateral trading system, resulting in a shift towards bilateral and regional trade agreements,

1.  Is seriously disappointed and concerned at the stalemate that occurred at the WTO MinistePersonNamerial meetings last July;

2.  Reiterates its full commitment to the multilateral approach to trade policy and to a WTO able to guarantee a comprehensive, ambitious and bPersonNamealanced outcome for international trade on a basis of full respect for the Millennium Development Goals;

3.  Is convinced that in the current context, characterised by economic and financial crisis, a successful conclusion of the Doha Round could be a stabilising factor;

4.  Believes that whatever happens in terms of progress on the DDA, the WTO, with the other international organisations, needs, consistently and urgently, to tackle new global challenges in which trade plays a part, such as food security, energy, aid for trade and climate change;

5.  Is fully aware of the difficulties of a Single Undertaking; acknowledges the progress made during the negotiations so far, which should provide an important and consolidated basis at the next meeting for pursuing the Doha Round and achieving a successful outcome;

6.  Calls on the EU and the USA, as well as the G20 as new major economic players, to assume their responsibilities in the current negotiations, to respect fully the spirit of the Development Round, and to make every effort to reach a deal as rapidly as possible; emphasises once more the importance of a differentiation between developing and emerging countries;

7.  Calls on India and the USA to find a political solution on the issue of the conditions for the application of Special Safeguard Mechanisms (SSM) to ensure a fair bPersonNamealance between trade and food security concerns, in order to enable a continuation of DDA negotiations in Geneva on the other outstanding issues;

8.  Calls on the developed and advanced developing countries to follow the EU Everything but Arms initiative, offering 100% duty-free, quota-free market access for LDCs; emphasises also the importance of Aid for Trade;

9.  Believes that the needs of developing and, especially, the least developed countries should be given priority in the DDA negotiations, with development being at the forefront of all considerations;

10.  Believes that the difficulties of the DDA highlight the need, once the Round is over, to address urgently the question of reform of the WTO in order to make it more effective and transparent and improve its democratic legitimacy, accountability, transparency, inclusiveness and integration into the wider architecture of global governance; believes that parliamentaPersonNamerians should exercise even more vigorous and effective scrutiny in the area of international trade;

11.  Reiterates the need for targeted technical assistance and capacity-building to help developing countries to engage effectively in the DDA;

12.  Calls on the Commission and Council to establish an agreement in the spirit of the Lisbon Treaty to ensure full participation of the European Parliament in the EU's international trade negotiations;

13.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and the parliaments of the PlaceNameplaceMemberPlaceType States and the Director General of the WTO.

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