Friday, June 09, 2006

Truce or Trailblazing Cooperation?

The two-strike policy (first suspension, then cancellation) based on a 'trailblazing' protocol, see here, was hailed by Peter Mandelson, EU Commissioner on June 7. Joseph Simone of Baker & McKenzie, representing the 23 international brands, was also enthousiastic. The Financial Times of June 8 quoted him saying: "It's a very good sign of progress". However an unidentified European official called the MOU, that carries no legal force, a truce, rather than a promise of active cooperation.

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