21 October 1999
New commissioner’s liberal ideas

A STRONG commitment to free trade and social justice are the guiding principles of the new trade commissioner at the European Union, Pascal Lamy.

Mr Lamy is also an advocate of the use of the precautionary rule to justify banning products deemed to be risky, reports the Financial Times.

He intends to continue the policies of his predecessor in the job, Sir Leon Brittan, in the “millennium round”.

This calls for negotiations on global rules for competition, investment and trade-related environment issues, as well as on liberalising agriculture, services and industrial tariffs.

Mr Lamy says he will ensure that the EU complies swiftly and in full with World Trade Organisation rulings against it over beef and bananas.