segunda-feira, janeiro 10, 2005
Charities condemn EU over Thailand trade tax
THE European Union was last night condemned by charities for hiking tariffs on goods from one of the nations devastated by the South-east Asia tidal wave, only days after the disaster struck.
Crippling duties of £2,430 a ton for exports of cumarin, a herb extract widely used in perfume, were imposed on Thailand, where more than 5,000 people were killed when the tsunami hit on Boxing Day.
The move, published five days after the huge waves struck, is designed to protect Rhodia, a French chemicals firm and the EU?s only cumarin producer.
But it has been denounced as "criminal" by charities who say it exposes the EU?s hypocrisy in offering aid to Asian countries while raising trade barriers to protect inefficient European manufacturers.
Oxfam said the ruling illustrated the EU?s schizophrenic approach to developing countries - giving millions of euros after a disaster, but refusing them free trade to embed recovery.
posted by Miguel Noronha 9:51 da manhã
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