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U.S. and France Stand Together in Keeping Their G8 Promises
February 15, 2004

The United States and France each tied at 50% in fulfilling their priority commitments made at the G8 Summit at Evian in June 2003, according to the 2003 Evian Interim Compliance Report issued by the University of Toronto's G8 Research Group. With five months to go before the next summit, which will be hosted by the U.S. at Sea Island, Georgia, on June 8-10, 2004, these two summit host countries' compliance scores are sharply above the scores of 25% (U.S.) and 38% (France) they had at the same time a year ago.

At this year's half-way point, Britain and Canada lead all eight countries, both holding the first-place score of 50%. Lagging behind are Germany (42%), Japan (42%), Russia (42%), and Italy (33%).

All countries have complied completely with their commitments on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, as well as on information communications and technology. Other commitments assessed in the Interim Compliance Report include trade, debt, environment and development.

The full report is available at the G8 Information Centre.

Compliance is measured on a scale of +100 representing full compliance and -100 compliance representing no compliance at all, applied to 12 priority commitments set out in the official documents issued at the end of the summit.

The G8 Research Group has been conducting compliance studies since 1996. This is the second year that the group has issued an interim report at the halfway point.

For more information, please visit the G8 Information Centre or contact Madeline Koch.

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