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Dokumendi valik : B6-0470/2006

Esitatud tekstid :

B6-0470/2006

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PV 05/09/2006 - 5
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P6_TA(2006)0350

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0465/2006
4 September 2006
PE 378.327v01-00
 
B6‑0470/2006
further to Question for Oral Answer B6‑0427/2006
pursuant to Rule 108(5) of the Rules of Procedure
by Robert Sturdy, Georgios Papastamkos and Maria Martens
on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
on the suspension of negotiations on the Doha Development Agenda (DDA)

European Parliament resolution on the suspension of negotiations on the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) 
B6‑0470/2006

The European Parliament,

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

–  having regard to the European Parliament report on the assessment of the Doha Round following the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong 2005/2247(INI)),

–  having regard to the Ministerial Declaration of the Sixth Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), adopted on 18 December 2005(1),

–  having regard to Rule 108(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the multilateral trading system embodied in the WTO has contributed significantly to worldwide economic development and better management of globalisation,

B.  whereas the Doha Development Round places the interests of developing countries, and especially the least developed countries, at the heart of the WTO negotiations in order to promote a more pro-development trade system based on multilateral rules,

C.  whereas a failure to conclude the Doha negotiations could undermine the multilateral trading system and lead to an expansion of bilateral and regional trade agreements, which often accentuate imbalances between the developed and the developing world,

D.  whereas the current structure of the WTO needs to be reformed in order to facilitate negotiations and enhance accountability and transparency,

1.  Reiterates its full commitment to the multilateral approach to trade policy and its support for the WTO as the guarantor of rules-based international trade; deplores, therefore, the sine die suspension of the Doha Round negotiations in July 2006;

2.  Stresses that a failure of the multilateral negotiations and a shift to bilateral/regional agreements would weaken the negotiating position of developing countries, lead to uneven development and hence be detrimental to the poorer countries in particular;

3.  Recalls the important offer made by the European Union to reach a balanced overall trade agreement, whereas other major players did not show the same level of flexibility; calls on all the negotiating partners, especially the EU, the US and the G-20 to bridge the gaps between their positions so as to enable a successful conclusion of the Round, taking due account of the interests of the developing countries, especially the Least Developed Countries;

4.  Welcomes in this context the progress made so far during the negotiations in several fields, such as the development-aid-for-trade package, trade facilitation and technical assistance; believes that these achievements should be preserved within the WTO;

5.  Urges the developed and advanced developing countries to follow the EU Everything but Arms initiative, guaranteeing 100% duty- and quota-free market access for the Least Developed Countries;

6.  Calls on the Commission to draw up a position on the relationship between multilateral and regional/bilateral agreements;

7.  Underlines the need for institutional reforms to improve the functioning of the WTO and reiterates the importance of enhancing the accountability and democratic legitimacy of the WTO negotiations and organisation;

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission and the Council.

(1) Document number 05-6248, document symbol WT/MIN(05)/DEC).

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