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April 29, 2002

One day after the Senate took the first step towards a trade bill vote, Republican and Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee today (April 26) failed to reach agreement on a trade adjustment assistance (TAA) bill that Democrats want to move together with a fast-track bill, according to informed sources.

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U.S. and European Union officials are to discuss trade and economic issues during a free-flowing lunch discussion held during the bilateral summit May 2 while security and foreign policy issues will be on the agenda for a one-hour formal meeting following a restricted session of top leaders in the Oval Office, according to European Commission officials.

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The Senate has successfully set the stage for substantive work this week on a pending trade bill by voting on April 29 to limit debate on whether the Senate should proceed to the Andean Trade Preferences Act.

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April 26, 2002

In his April 26 comments, Zoellick also called on Chamber members to work to defeat amendments to the trade bill, particularly an amendment to limit investor protections in future trade agreements by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) --

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World Trade Organization Director-General Mike Moore today (April 26) urged member countries to engage in substantive work on the Doha agenda of new negotiations and said that the road to next year's ministerial must be planned by July, which marks the summer break in Geneva.

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“The real question is, can we develop enough of a consensus among steel-making countries of the world that there is a will --

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But U.S. officials rejected that charge, stressing that with respect to existing agreements, it is very clear that U.S. commitments apply not just to the federal government but to state measures as well. “In this instance, if we get to the point of actually negotiating specific disciplines --

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Russia may believe that it can be competitive in some products despite the safeguard, and may not have much incentive to keep the hot-rolled suspension agreement in place. Medvedkov said that the suspension agreement --

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April 17, 2002

In the lead-up to a May 1 U.S.-European summit, U.S. trade officials were floating the idea that the two trading partners should endorse a bilateral free-trade agreement as a positive trade agenda item aimed at offsetting the current trade tensions, according to government sources.

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April 16, 2002

He emphasized that the Administration would “obviously” be involved in consultations with Thomas on this issue, which he said has to be addressed as a tax matter since the WTO ruled against a provision of the Internal Revenue Code.

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April 15, 2002

Southern member states, particularly France, are taking a harder line on the steel tariffs. Whether the Commission would be able to secure a two-thirds majority of member states for early retaliation may depend on the position to be taken by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands --

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