32359 5/11/2005 10:35 05BUCHAREST1114 Embassy Bucharest UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 05BUCHAREST839 This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available. UNCLAS BUCHAREST 001114
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E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: ETRD, ECON, RO, WTO SUBJECT: WTO SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS: ROMANIA DECLINES TO SUBMIT AN INDEPENDENT PROPOSAL
REF: (A) STATE 58384; (B) STATE 81619; (C) BUCHAREST 00839
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1. (U) EconOff delivered the key points in reference (B) on WTO services negotiations to Foreign Trade Department Director General for Trade Policy Vasile Radu on May 4, 2005.
2. (SBU) Radu responded on May 10, restating Romania's previous position that the GOR will not submit an independent services offer due to the GOR's recent signing of the Treaty of Accession and scheduled entry into the EU on January 1, 2007. By signing the Treaty, Romania is no longer an EU candidate country, but an accession country. Upon entering the EU, Romania must undertake the same commitments in the services area that are applicable to all EU members. He opined that Romania's membership in the EU will probably occur before the conclusion of the Doha round and entry into force of its results. Under these circumstances, he concluded it would be counterproductive for Romania to submit a separate list of proposals or enter into negotiation outside of EU common positions. DELARE