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Ashton must 'bury' Mandelson’s failed WTO policies

22 October, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has called on new EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton not to follow the disastrous policies of her predecessor Peter Mandelson.

Ms de Brún was speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg as MEPs voted to accept the appointment of Ashton.

Ms de Brún said:

"Catherine Ashton must not pursue the failed policies of her predecessor Peter Mandelson who, as European Commissioner, brought forward proposals that would have done untold damage to both farmers in the EU and people in the developing world had the recent WTO talks not collapsed.

"When he was EU Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson was willing to sacrifice the welfare of farmers and of our rural communities, not for the sake of the developing world but as part of his international trade games. Most of the MEPs who quizzed Catherine Ashton this week are content to approve her appointment, but many will keep a close watch to see what policies she pursues in the coming months.

"While it is unlikely that the WTO talks will re-convene in the near future, any future WTO talks should not include the disastrous proposals put forward by Peter Mandelson, and I would call on Catherine Ashton to ensure that these proposals are now buried once and for all.

"Bhí Coimisinéir Mandelson réidh le leasanna feirmeoirí agus leasanna ár bpobail tuaithe a íobairt - ní ar mhaithe leis an tríú domhan ach ar mhaithe le cluiche margála idirnáisiúnta. Éilim ar an Choimisinéir úr Catherine Ashton cinntiú nach gcuirfear a leithéid de moltaí chun tosaigh ag aon cainteanna Eagraíochta Domhanda Trádála amach anseo." ENDS

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