Trade and agriculture ministers from two dozen governments agreed over the weekend that stalled World Trade Organization talks should start again at the technical level, with political negotiations following if there is progress. But none of the officials attending a meeting in
Progress requires the resolution of that impasse. WTO Director General Pascal Lamy told reporters new offers will soon be necessary on
Despite rumors, there have not been major breakthroughs yet between global partners.
"There have been no figures on the table there. The breakthrough that some had previewed, had forecast, obviously did not happen," EU Farm Commissioner Marian Fischer Boel said after she spoke to EU Agriculture Ministers yesterday, according to an AP release.
"But much also depends on how far EU and US move forward on subsidies," he added. Negotiators are working against the deadline imposed by the expiration of President George Bush's trade promotion authority at the end of June.