Pascal Lamy eyes WTO top job after EU

18th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 18 (AFP) - Outgoing European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said Thursday he might consider a bid to become the next director general of the World Trade Organisation.

PARIS, Nov 18 (AFP) - Outgoing European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said Thursday he might consider a bid to become the next director general of the World Trade Organisation.

"I'm not saying that I haven't asked myself the question, it's something that's on my mind," he told the French radio station BFM.

"But it demands a lot of reflection because on the one hand it is a job which is becoming more and more important, something of a trap, but it's also a life choice," Lamy said.

Lamy, a 57-year-old Frenchman, said he would discuss the question with the French presidency once his decision had been made.

Lamy will hand over his post as EU trade commissioner to Peter Mandelson of Britain on Sunday.

The post of WTO director general, currently held by Supachai Panitchpakdi, will come vacant in September 2005. But his successor must be named by May 31, with December 31, 2004 the deadline for candidates to come forward.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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