is willing to give more trade related capacity and technical assistance to Sri Lanka" said Lamy.
Negotiations for China's accession to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and its successor organization, the WTO
, began in 1986 and took over 15 years to complete.
rules already allow a great deal of environmental protection, including tariffs and blocks on imports if they do not meet certain ecological standards, so long as they do not discriminate against countries arbitrarily.
A deal could, however, be scuppered by the emergence of a new alliance within the WTO
of four big countries, China, Brazil, India and South Africa.
The decision complements a November 29 agreement by the WTO
to give the world's poorest nations more time to implement laws: it gave them another seven years until July 1, 2013 to develop protections for patents, copyrights and other intellectual property (see Europe Information 3011).
He told the European Parliament's External Trade Committee that although the EU's original hopes for the Hong Kong meeting had been scaled back, WTO
agreement on a development package was vital to maintain momentum in the current talks.
Mr Lamy, who stepped down as EU Trade Commissioner last November, replaces Thailand's Supachai Panitchpakdi as WTO
Since the WTO
's creation in 1995, India has become the world's largest user of anti-dumping measures, setting duties or restrictions in a total of 241 cases.
spokesman Keith Rockwell said the objectives set out by ministers in the beginning of the year, are not going to be met by the end of July.
"France is worried at the persistent imbalance in the negotiations to the detriment of European interests", Mr Douste-Blazy said after the talks with other EU Foreign and Trade Ministers on the WTOs
troubled Doha Round.