Procedure : 2008/2631(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B6-0524/2008

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Debates :

PV 08/10/2008 - 22
CRE 08/10/2008 - 22

Votes :

PV 09/10/2008 - 7.9

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0521/2008
30 September 2008
to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Georgios Papastamkos, Robert Sturdy, Corien Wortmann-Kool and Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl
on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
on the future of the placeCityDoha Round

European Parliament resolution on the future of the Doha Round 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its resolution of 4 April 2006 on the assessment of the Doha Round following the WTO Ministerial Conference in placeHong Kong(1),

–  having regard to the outcome of the Mini-ministerial Meeting in CityplaceGeneva on 29 July 2008,

–  having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the Doha Round was launched in 2001 with the objectives of creating new market opportunities, strengthening multilateral trade rules and addressing current imbalances in the trading system, putting trade at the service of sustainable development, with an emphasis on the economic inclusion of developing countries, especially the least developed countries,

B.   whereas discussions 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 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,

D.   whereas the offers tabled by the Commission on both agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) went further than any offer, by any member, in multilateral trade negotiations,

1.  Reiterates its commitment to the multilateral trading system and the WTO as the guarantor of a rules-based trade system; considers that the WTO has a key role to play in ensuring better management of globalisation and more equitable distribution of its benefits, especially in favour of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs);

2.   Expresses its regret and concern about the failure of the Doha Round negotiations in CityplaceGeneva in July 2008; stresses that the breakdown means lost opportunities for economic growth and development worldwide;

3.   Calls on the advanced developing countries to take up their responsibility as global economic players and make concessions commensurate with their level of development and (sectoral) competitiveness; emphasises the importance of North-South, as well as South-South trade;

4.  Stresses that the failure to differentiate appropriately among advanced and other developing countries could be an obstacle to their treatment according to their specific needs, which would be detrimental to the developing countries which are most in need;

5.   Calls on the Commission to explore the possibilities of resuming the Doha discussions as soon as possible; urges it to maintain a firm negotiating position aiming at real enhanced market access for European products and services in both developed and emerging economies;

6.  Strongly supports the conclusion of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) on the basis of a comprehensive, ambitious and balanced outcome of the negotiations;

7.  Considers that issues on which agreements could be concluded and implemented separately, especially in the field of trade facilitation, may be removed from the 'single undertaking';

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 an enhanced framework for Aid for Trade;

9.  Acknowledges the importance of a 'single undertaking' approach, but calls for reflection on ways of facilitating the conduct of multilateral trade negotiations;

10.  Is convinced that, following the Doha Round, further trade challenges should be addressed by the WTO, such as investment, competition, public procurement, implementation and sustainability;

11.  Notes that reflection is needed on an institutional reform of the WTO in order to improve its functioning and its democratic legitimacy and accountability; stresses in that respect the importance of a parliamentary dimension to the WTO;

12.  Supports the strengthening of existing and the conclusion of new bilateral and regional (WTO-plus) Free Trade Agreements as complementary to the multilateral framework;

13.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the President of the Council, the President of the Commission, the Director-General of the WTO and the Presidents or Speakers of the EU national Parliaments.

(1) P6_TA(2006)0123.

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