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In 1999 the European Commission commissioned the University of Manchester to conduct a Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) of the WTO’s proposed Millennium Round. The study aims to develop a methodology for carrying out SIAs and to use this methodology to make a broad assessment of the potential impacts (positive and negative effects) upon the sustainability of the proposed New Round. In addition the study was intended to provide ideas on how best to maximise the positive impacts of the expected liberalisation or rule making.

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