WTO General Council Special Session on Implementation


on behalf of Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary,
Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia

GENEVA - 27 April 2001 -

Mr. Chairman,

I have the honour to take the floor and to present a brief joint statement on behalf of Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. I would begin by expressing our deep appreciation for the hard work you have been conducting over these past weeks in the consultative process on implementation, as well as for the very comprehensive report you drafted on the current situation.

Taking into account the importance attached to implementation by all Members of our organization, it is our view that each issue proposed by Members for discussion under this area should be adequately considered. We would therefore like to express our appreciation and support for the proposed road map on the way ahead in dealing with these issues.

Given the still large number and the complex substance of the issues that still remain to be addressed and resolved - in light of the 3 May and 15th December 2000 Decisions, we strongly support the idea that, at this stage, Members should agree on a realistic approach on how to deal with the various problems ahead of us.

We have to recognize that there are areas where progress has been made, and we should now focus on further possible progress to be achieved until Doha.

In order to avoid the risk of moving away from the positive trend registered until now, and aware of the fact that further reflection and political will are needed in this respect, we are supportive for a more pragmatic and results oriented approach aimed at firstly determining the issues that could be resolved up to the Ministerial, thus creating a basis for results in Qatar. In the meantime, Members could also envisage ways of addressing the remaining issues after the Ministerial.

We take this opportunity to reiterate our opinion that the implementation process should be handled in such a way as it to serve as a building block - not a stumbling block - for the preparation of the Ministerial in Qatar.

Open to further constructive work on this issue, we would encourage you, Mr. Chairman, to continue consultations in order to find appropriate solutions. Throughout this process, you will be able to count on the full support of our Group of countries.

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