EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has told the European Parliament that a successful Doha Agreement remains possible if all parties to the negotiations accept the need to come together in an ambitious final move that reflects the needs of all players. He argued that "the time of incremental steps, small moves and small concessions, is over."
In a speech to the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels on March 21, Commissioner Mandelson also spoke about a new Carnegie report, Winners and Losers: Impact of the Doha Round on Developing Countries:
"I want to draw your attention to a study published this month by the Carnegie Endowment entitled 'Winners and Losers: Impact of the Doha round on Developing Countries.' This excellent study is essentially a warning. It cautions against seeing simple liberalisation in the Doha Round as a panacea for development.
"The Carnegie research reminds us that the bulk of the benefits of agricultural liberalization are limited to developed countries and a core group of highly competitive farm exporters - especially Brazil, Argentina and South Africa, and that exemptions from tariff cuts, policy space to support agricultural development and small scale farming, and the impact of preference erosion in poorer developing countries when faced with steep farm tariff reductions in the developed world should be taken into account. For all these reasons, the Carnegie research suggests that the key gains for developing countries in the DDA lie not in agriculture but in trade in industrial goods, especially in labor-intensive industries like shoes and textiles. These are arguments that the EU has long accepted and that others – including some in the NGO community - would do well to absorb."