EU wont offer more farm tariff cuts

Brussels, Nov 23 | Updated: Nov 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
The European Union will make no further offer to cut farm tariffs to improve access to European markets in world trade talks but is prepared to negotiate on the number of items that get special protection, the EUs trade chief said on Wednesday. I have no plan to make a further tariff reduction offer in agriculture. There are plenty of aspects and areas of our offer where we can elaborate, elucidate and specify, Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson told the European Parliament, rebutting demands by the United States and emerging countries for further-reaching EU tariff cuts. He said the EU would be ready to discuss which goods should be classified as sensitive products and thus subject to lesser import tariff cuts than the rest. The EU wants to keep 8 percent of tariff lines as sensitive, including beef and dairy produce.