- Title: USA: FOCUS ON STEEL TARRIFS AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
- Date: 23rd May 2002
- Summary: (W2) WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES (RECENT) (REUTERS) 1. HAS /MV STEEL DEMONSTRATION (5 SHOTS) 0.19 (W2) WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES (MAY 21, 2002) (REUTERS) 2. SOUNDBITE (English) ROBERT ZOELLICK, US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, SAYING "We generally have an agreement, which is when we disagree we go to a neutral panel to decide. Thats one of our differences on steel, we are trying to work that out now, they have a different view on the interpretation of the safeguards than we do. Our argument is that if you have a different view, let's follow the rules, including the dispute settlement rules." 0.37 (W2) UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, UNITED STATES (FILE) 3. SLV STEEL PLANT 0.42 (W2) WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES (MAY 21, 2002) (REUTERS) 4. SOUNDBITE (English) PASCAL EU TRADE COMMISSIONER SAYING "On the steel trade I have a problem, the EU steel industry is hurt by this protection. And because I believe this will not result in the necessary restructuring of the largely non-competitive U.S. industry." 0.59 5. SLV CONFERENCE Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
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- Story Text: U.S. steel tarrifs were an issue at the World Economic
Forum in Washington a day before U.S. President George W. Bush
leaves for a European Tour.
U.S.officials have signalled a hard line on American trade
policies, in particular steel and farm subsidies, that have
drawn sharp criticism in Europe.
At a forum on international commerce in Washington D.C.
Tuesday (May 21, 2002), U.S. Trade
Representative Robert Zoellick defended America's free trade
credentials. Zoellick warned that if people thought the United
States was going to sit back and not pursue its national trade
interests, then "they should think again."
U.S. trade officials say America is committed to free
trade as outlined in a broad accord struck in Doha, Qatar last
year. They say international trade guidelines permitted the US
In a teleconference hook up to the session, European Trade
Commissioner Pascal Lamy said the US moves on steel and
agriculture were motivated by internal politics, specifically
upcoming November elections. In meetings last week of the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development, Lamy said the US move "is a problem for us all."
During the Paris meeting of the 29 other countries of the
OECD, Washington got a blunt message from the rest of the
world's wealthy nations over steel tariffs and farming
subsidies, do not resort to protectionism. Lamy is
considering whether to impose 378 million euros ($344 million
US dollars) in retaliatory steel tariffs against the United
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