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G7 Environment Ministers' Meetings

Informal Meeting of the G7 Environment Ministers

Florence, March 12-13, 1994

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TRADE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Sound environmental and trade policies can be mutually supportive.

Environment regulation is not harmful to trade. In fact, environmental regulation that internalizes environmental costs into the price structure is essential if gains from trade liberalization are to be assured.

On the other hand, expanded trade is not intrinsically harmful to the environment insofar as using environmental resources more efficiently is the key to pollution prevention.

A broad support emerged to the establishment of a permanent Committee on Trade and Environment in the new structure of the World Trade Organization, which will be born from GATT next April at the ministerial Conference of Marrakesh. This Committee should be mandated with a well-defined work programme.



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