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16 января, 22:00

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 22 January 2018, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.

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16 января, 20:00

Australia initiates WTO complaint targeting Canadian restrictions on sale of wine

Australia has requested WTO consultations with Canada regarding measures maintained by the Canadian government and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia concerning the sale of wine. The request was circulated to WTO members on 16 January.

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12 января, 20:00

US request for retaliation against India in solar dispute referred to arbitration

At a special meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 12 January, a request from the United States for authorization to suspend concessions or other obligations with respect to India in a dispute relating to domestic content requirements for solar cells and solar modules was referred to arbitration. The DSB also adopted a panel ruling concerning US anti-dumping duties on Korean oil country tubular goods (OCTB) after both Korea and the United States agreed not to appeal the panel’s findings.

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12 января, 19:58

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 12 January 2018, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.

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12 января, 19:58

Viet Nam files WTO complaint over US anti-dumping duties on fish

Viet Nam has requested WTO consultations with the United States concerning certain US anti-dumping laws, regulations, administrative procedures, practices and methodologies, as well as certain anti-dumping determinations in administrative reviews on fish fillets from Viet Nam. The request was circulated to WTO members on 12 January.

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10 января, 19:45

Canada files WTO complaint over US trade remedy measures

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Canada has requested WTO consultations with the United States concerning certain laws, regulations and other measures maintained by the US with respect to anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings. The request was circulated to WTO members on 10 January.

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07 января, 20:00

Peter Sutherland, first WTO Director-General, passes away in Dublin

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Peter Sutherland, the first Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has passed away in his home city of Dublin. He was 71.

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03 января, 20:00

EU request for retaliation against Russia in pig products dispute referred to arbitration

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At a special meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 3 January, a European Union request for authorization to suspend concessions or other obligations with respect to the Russian Federation in a dispute over import restrictions on pig products was referred to arbitration.

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03 января, 19:58

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 3 January 2018, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.

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13 декабря 2017, 20:00

New initiatives on electronic commerce, investment facilitation and MSMEs

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Three proponent groups announced new initiatives to advance talks at the WTO on the issues of electronic commerce, investment facilitation and micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs). The announcements were made on 13 December during the final day of the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires.

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13 декабря 2017, 20:00

Ministerial ends with decisions on fish subsidies, e-commerce duties; ongoing work continues

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WTO members wrapped up their 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires on 13 December with a commitment from members to secure a deal on fisheries subsidies which delivers on Sustainable Development Goal 14.6 by the end of 2019. They also committed to improve the reporting of existing fisheries subsidy programmes. In addition, members took a number of other ministerial decisions, including extending the practice of not imposing customs duties on electronic transmissions for another two years, and they committed to continue negotiations in all areas.

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13 декабря 2017, 19:44

EU gives EUR 1 million to enhance trading skills of developing countries

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The European Union is contributing EUR 1 million (over CHF 1.2 million) to improve the trading capacity of developing countries and to help them play a more active role in trade negotiations.