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February 04, 2003

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Bush Administration officials have again postponed a cabinet-level meeting scheduled for today (Feb. 3) to decide whether to proceed with a World Trade Organization challenge to the European Union's moratorium on approval of new biotechnology crops, according to informed sources.

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He pointed out that public health and the environment questions are more important than free trade in Europe and which he implied would diminish the importance of a potential WTO decision.

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They said the real driver for the passage of legislation was the U.S.-Singapore FTA effective date of January 1, 2004. Lavin declined to be more precise about the timing for a congressional vote. “That's entirely Congress' decision --

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Allgeier downplayed the effect that the Brazilian delay would have on the overall negotiations, saying that Brazil's government had assured the U.S. that it would not affect other deadlines in the FTAA process, including a June deadline for countries to respond to initial tariff offers with requests for liberalization. He also said the Administration did not expect the Brazilian delays to be lengthy. “There is adequate time to do what we need to do,” Allgeier said. “This is a short-term issue --

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But in her public comments, Künast criticized the Fischler proposal for reducing farm payments too slowly with as little as one percent in the beginning and possibly too late with a 2007 starting date. She also implied that she would like to see more of the savings used for rural development than for other farm programs. Fischler's proposal allocates the money from these cuts both for other farm progams and rural development, and he said he expected member states to contribute new funds if they want to further promote rural development.

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