Trade defence

The EU wants the Doha Round to agree a new set of rules to govern the use of trade defence instruments. Trade defence instruments contribute to an open and fair trading system as they defend against international trade distortions such as subsidisation or dumping. The EU sees merit in carefully revisiting the range of actions available to address the distorting effects of industrial subsidies. For example, the EU has long been concerned with the multiplication of government practices which favour domestic industries and which make available to domestic users inputs at a price substantially lower than the international market price. In the same vein, the EU participates in negotiations on fisheries subsidies to contribute to addressing problems relating to overfishing and over-capacity in the fisheries sector.

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