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31.10.2003: Über 100 europäische NGOs machen Druck in der Frage der Singapur-Themen

Nach dem Scheitern der WTO-Ministerkonferenz in Cancún bekräftigt WEED gemeinsam mit über 100 europäischen NGOs die Forderung nach der Rücknahme der Singapur-Themen in den WTO-Verhandlungen. Sie fordern die Regierungen der EU-Mitgliedsstaaten und die EU-Kommission erneut auf, die vier Singapur Themen (Investionen, Wettbewerb, Transparenz im öffentlichen Beschaffungswesen und Handelserleichterungen) endgültig von ihrer Agenda zu streichen. Trotz des Widerstands zahlreicher Entwicklungsländer in Cancún drängt EU-Handelskommissar Pascal Lamy noch immer auf die Aufnahme der Verhandlungen aller vier Singapur-Themen.

Den folgenden Text überreichten die Unterzeichner an die EU-Kommission sowie die Regierungen der EU-Mitgliedsstaaten:

Appeal to EU Member States and the European Commission

After Cancun: Drop the demand to start WTO negotiations on the Singapore Issues once and for all from the EU trade agenda !

The European Union has been unsuccessful in its strategy to convince WTO member states to start formal negotiations on a set of new rules on investment, competition, transparency in government procurement, and trade facilitation. During the 5th Ministerial of the WTO in Cancun, 10-14 September 2003, a majority of WTO members clearly stated that negotiations on these so-called Singapore Issues should not be launched, as the WTO is not the appropriate forum to address these issues.

The negotiating strategy employed by the European Union must be regarded as one of the main reasons for the failure of this Conference. While the final hour offer on the 14 September by the Art. 133 Committee and Commissioner Lamy to drop two of the four issues from the negotiating (investment and competition) may be regarded as a step in the right direction, it was too little, too late. Furthermore, this was considered to a be a tactical response and not a meaningful reaction to the well argued demands of the majority of developing countries not to proceed on any of the Singapore Issues.

In the run up to Cancun, more then 100 civil society groups throughout the European Union had issued a call to the EU Trade Council in Palermo, 6 July 2003, demanding a withdrawal of the EU demands for WTO expansion in Cancun. It was calling on EU Member States to:

  • withdraw support for the start of negotiations on the so-called “new issues” in Cancun
  • stop engaging in misleading trade off and arm twisting strategies, and instead implement previously agreed commitments, before asking for any further concessions from developing counties in return
  • review thoroughly, and then fundamentally reform, the existing trade rules, in order to shift in focus from trade and investment liberalisation as an end goal, to the promotion of sustainable development and poverty eradication.
  • promote a fair and balanced international framework for investment, preferably located in the UN, and based on a set of rules which would support sustainable development and make corporations responsible for their practices
  • revise accordingly the negotiating mandate of Commissioner Lamy.

We reiterate our demands and invite you to take them into your most serious consideration in the run up of the next General Council of the WTO, scheduled for 15 December 2003. We urge you to make sure that the EU will drop, once and for all, the Singapore Issues from the EU agenda for negotiations in the WTO.

This decision will give a positive signal to developing countries that the EU draws the right conclusions from the failure of Cancun, and is prepared to respect the will of the majority of WTO member states.


  1. ActionAid Alliance, Belgium
  2. ActionAid UK
  3. Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network , Belgium
  4. Africa Groups of Sweden
  5. Agir Ici, France
  6. Alert! Groningen, the Netherlands
  7. Amigos de la Tierra, Spain
  8. Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana (ARCI),Italy
  9. Associazione Rurale Italiana - ARI, Italy
  10. Attac Austria
  11. Attac Finland
  12. Attac Flanders
  13. Attac France
  14. Attac Denmark
  15. Attac Hungary
  16. Attac London
  17. Attac Spain
  18. Attac Sweden
  19. Azione Aiuto, Italy
  20. Berne Declaration, Switzerland
  21. Biodiversity Conservation Center, Russia
  22. Both ENDS, the Netherlands
  23. Buendnis fuer Eine Welt / OeIE, Austria
  24. Bureau Verantwoord, Tilburg, the Netherlands
  25. Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz/Friends of the Earth Germany
  26. Campaign for the Welfare State (For velferdsstaten), Norway
  27. Campaign to Reform the World Bank, Italy
  28. Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN)
  29. CCOMC, France
  30. Center for Encounter and Active Non-Violence, Austria
  31. Center for Environmental Public Advocacy, Slovak Republic
  32. Center for International Environmental Law - Europe, Geneva, Switzerland
  33. Central Euro-Asian Studies (CEAS), Sweden
  34. Centro Internazionale CROCEVIA, Italy
  35. Christian Aid, UK
  36. Cipsi, Italy
  37. Coalition of the Flemish North-South Movement-11.11.11
  38. Cocis (a federation of NGO's), Italy
  39. Coordination Paysanne Européenne / European Farmers Coordination, Belgium
  40. Corporate Europe Observatory, the Netherlands
  41. Circolo Culturale Palazzo Cattaneo, Italy
  42. Dachverband entwicklungspolitischer Organisationen in Kärnten, Austria
  43. DeA - Donne e Anbiente, Italy
  44. Deutsche Kommission Justitia et Pax, Germany
  45. Dreikönigsaktion der Kath. Jungschar, Austria
  46. Ecologistas en Acción, Spain
  47. Estonian Green Movement-FoE, Estonia
  48. Evangelischer Arbeitskreis für Weltmission (EAWM), Austria
  49. Fédération Syndicale Unitaire, France
  50. Framtiden i Våra Händer / The Future in our Hands, Sweden
  51. Friends of the Earth Europe, Belgium
  52. Friends of the Earth, France
  53. Friends of the Earth, Cyprus
  54. Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  55. Friends of the Earth, Scotland
  56. Friends of the Earth, Slovakia
  57. German NGO Forum on Environment and Development - Working Group on Trade
  58. Germanwatch, Germany
  59. Greenpeace European Union Unit
  60. Hnuti DUHA/Friends of the Earth Czech Republic
  61. Initiative Colibri, GN3 Germany
  62. Initiative Netzwerk Dreigliederung, Stuttgart, Germany
  63. Informationsgruppe Lateinamerika (IGLA), Vienna, Austria
  64. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  65. INTI WAWA, Morarp, Sweden
  66. Institut de Recherches de la FSU (IRHESC), Paris, France
  67. Institut pour la Relocalisation de l'Economie (IRE), France
  68. International Coalition for Development Action (ICDA), Brussels, Belgium
  69. Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika (KASA), Germany
  70. K.U.L.U.-Women and Development, Denmark
  71. Le Monde selon les femmes, Belgium
  72. Lila Cedius, Italy
  73. Maan ystävät ry (Friends of the Earth Finland)
  74. Maailmankauppojen liitto ry (The Finnish Association of World Shops)
  75. Mani Tese, Italy
  76. Merkur GN3, Sweden
  77. Network of European World Shops (NEWS), Brussels, Belgium
  78. Network Women in Development Europe (WIDE), Belgium
  79. NOAH - Fiends of the Earth Denmark
  80. NOVIB/Oxfam Netherlands
  81. One World Action, UK
  82. Oxfam Germany
  83. Oxfam Great Britain
  84. Oxfam Intermon, Spain
  85. Oxfam International
  86. Oxfam Ireland
  87. Oxfam Solidarité, Belgium
  88. People and Planet, UK
  89. Rete Lilliput, Italy
  90. ROBA dell'Altro Mondo (a fair trade Organisation), Italy
  91. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK
  92. Social Development Group, Norway
  93. SydAfrika Kontakt - Southern Africa Contact, Denmark
  94. The Service Centre for Development Co-operation (Kepa), Finland
  95. Traidcraft, UK
  96. Transnational Institute (TNI), the Netherlands
  97. Tresam, Goteborg, Sweden
  98. Unione degli Studenti, Italy
  99. Unione degli Universitari, Italy
  100. URFIG, Belgium/France
  101. Urgewald, Germany
  102. Weltumspannend Arbeiten, Austria
  103. Wemos Foundation, The Netherlands
  104. World Development Movement, UK
  105. World Economy, Ecology & Development (WEED), Germany
  106. World Information Service on Energy (WISE) Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  107. WWF-European Policy Office, Brussels, Belgium
  108. XminusY Solidarity Fund, the Netherlands
  109. Zartonk-89, Armenia

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