WTO Members Ding EU's Food Safety, Procurement Rules

By Matt Sharp (July 8, 2015, 3:17 PM EDT) -- The World Trade Organization wrapped up its regular review of the European Union's trade policies on Wednesday by expressing concern over areas such as government procurement and food safety measures, despite a generally positive report on the trading bloc's openness.

The EU agreed to reform its government procurement regulations in 2014 in a bid to improve transparency, enforcement and simplify procedures. But Ambassador Atanas Atanassov Paparizov, chair of the WTO's Trade Policy Review Body, said WTO members continue to express concern over the rules.

Paparizov said in closing remarks that several WTO members not only questioned the ability of non-EU small-...

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