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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Crisis of the WTO Appellate Body (debate)

  Jörgen Warborn (PPE). – Madam President, as clearly stated in this resolution, it is imperative that we do not let the Appellate Body deteriorate on 11 December. It is the ultimate guardian of the multilateral rules—based trade system. Many are now working to find a solution, and I know that the Commission is doing its utmost both to save the Appellate Body and to negotiate a parallel interim solution with like—minded countries. Both of these measures are, of course, important.

However, I’d like to underline the role and responsibility of parliamentarians, and therefore I reach out to American Congressmen and women. While the President of your country might not want to discuss a solution, I hope that you do. So let us engage on our level as parliamentarians and do what we can to protect the interests of our citizens, because they will lose on tariffs and trade wars. We need to take our responsibilities to exert influence in every way we can, through parliamentary diplomacy and by putting pressure on the executive powers.

With this resolution, we in the European Parliament express our firm position, which is to defend the Appellate Body and the multilateral rules-based trade system. I hope that the members of Congress will do the same.

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