quarta-feira, fevereiro 04, 2004
No EU Observer.
Officials in Brussels are currently considering a Spanish plan to create a high-level transatlantic trade body.
In a letter seen by the EUobserver, the Spanish premier, Jose Maria Aznar, has asked Commission President Romano Prodi to comment on plans to create a "high-level bilateral economic committee" to drive a transatlantic economic zone by the end of 2014.
The Spanish proposal would see the committee create an action plan to remove obstacles in the transatlantic market within 12 months.
The plan would be a take-it-or-leave-it package, according to one official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mr Aznar's letter also proposes a timetable be drawn up for the elimination of certain obstacles in the telecoms, digital economy, air transport, financial service and regulation of competition areas by 2010.
It is hoped that a plan to eliminate technical non-tariff barriers would rework and revitalise the Positive Economic Agenda agreed in Washington in 2002, but which has so far yielded modest results.
Qualquer proposta que vise a eliminação de barreiras ao comércio é sempre bem vinda.
É pena que, a crer na notícia, esta proposta tenha o caractér de ultimato e que o seu âmbito sejam apenas as barreiras técnicas (normalmente uma forma subtil de proteccionismo) entre os EUA e a UE.
posted by Miguel Noronha 11:12 da manhã
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