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Nine EU states join forces for better WTO terms

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Nine of the European Union’s 27 member states have formed an alliance to press for better terms for the EU in compromise proposals being discussed at global trade talks, an Italian government spokesman said on Monday.

“They want to improve the negotiating basis proposed by (World Trade Organization chief) Pascal Lamy in order to protect the interests of European businesses and citizens,” he said.

The nine countries are: France, Poland, Hungary, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Lithuania, Cyprus and Italy, he said. EU trade chief Peter Mandelson has said Lamy’s compromises represented a basis for moving forward with the negotiation. (Reuters)

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