Santer pleads to Clinton over banana battle
JACQUES SANTER, the European Commission president, has stepped into the escalating trade battle over bananas between Europe and the USA with a personal plea to President Bill Clinton.
He says proposed US trade sanctions against European exports would be against the rules of the World Trade Organisation, in a letter to President Clinton. He also warns the President that the European Union will be filing a complaint with the WTO.
Mr Santers initiative comes after the USA said it would levy 100% duties on a broad range of products unless the European Union reformed its banana regime by 1 January.
The trade battle emanates from Europes special deal on bananas with the former colonies – “ACP” (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) countries – of France and Britain. The World Trade Organisation said last year that this relationship was discriminatory.
- USA threatens 100% tariff on EU goods as banana war hots up, FWi, yesterday (11 November, 1998)
- EU threatens trade war with USA, FWi, yesterday (10 November, 1998)
- EU and US head for battle over bananas, FWi, yesterday (09 November, 1998)
- USA escalates banana battle with EU, FWi, 22 October, 1998
- Caribbean fury at “cynical” American approach to bananas, FWi, 29 July, 1998
- US and Latin Americans urge WTO to review banana deal, FWi, 24 July, 1998
- The Times 12/11/98 page 20, 29
- Financial Times 12/11/98 page 5
- The Guardian 12/11/98 page 16, 25 (Notebook), 27