Edited by Inge Govaere, Reinhard Quick and Marco Bronckers
Chapter 8: The Negotiations of a New Anti Dumping Agreement (ADA) in the DDA – Some Observations
Hannes Welge* The negotiations on antidumping of the Doha Round are ongoing. As negotiator for the EU it would probably be unwise to write extensively about the pros and cons of the positions of other WTO members or the ones of the EU. And of course, it is not possible to explain where everybody’s bottom lines might be. However, in spite of these inherent restrictions, it may be interesting to read about some of the practical and structural difﬁculties and problems of these negotiations; how important organization and methods of negotiations are and which role the interaction of the negotiators play in ﬁnding compromises. At ﬁrst, it might be useful to recall from where the positions originate and what this could imply when the negotiations progress. 8.1 WHY NEGOTIATE A NEW AGREEMENT? One might ask why members in 2001 saw the need for renegotiations of an agreement, which had been completely rewritten just seven years ago. One most obvious and frequently mentioned reason for the inclusion of a variety of negotiating subjects into the negotiations of a new ‘Round’ was that many members at the time of the launch anticipated that this would facilitate cross-cutting deals at the end of the negotiations. This consideration is proved correct in previous Rounds and will eventually positively affect the capability of all participants to accept the results as a package. On the other hand, there should be a motivation for choosing the Rules area with antidumping and subsidies, but not safeguards, or...
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