Minutes - TRIPS Council Special Session - View details of the intervention/statement

Ambassador C. Trevor Clarke (Barbados)
B.iii Cluster 3 (Other elements such as costs and burdens and special and differential treatment)
150. The representative of Chile clarified that he had simply asked the European Communities to better explain S&D treatment in their proposal because many developing country delegations had referred to the fact that the joint proposal clearly covered it, at least through the voluntary participation aspect. He asked what aspect of S&D was proposed in TN/C/W/52 apart from the fact that it was a marriage of convenience with the issue of TRIPS/CBD. 151. On the issue of costs, the European Communities had referred to possible costs for the Secretariat and costs for Members in consulting the list of GIs on the WTO web page. He asked whether the European Communities had foreseen any cost for consumers, or for the users of European geographical terms which were for example being used in Chile and Argentina. Would there be costs for changes? Would the Chilean producer using a geographical name of European origin incur greater costs than was currently the case in demonstrating that the name was a generic term?
The Special Session took note of the statements made.