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This summary has been prepared by the WTO Secretariat’s Information and
Media Relations Division to help public understanding about developments
in WTO disputes. It is not a legal interpretation of the issues, and it is
not intended as a complete account of the issues. These can be found in
the reports themselves and in the minutes of the Dispute Settlement
Argentina — Definitive safeguard measure on imports of preserved
Chile's second request, the DSB agreed to establish a panel to examine the
case against Argentina. After the DSB so agreed, Chile, however, requested
that the process be halted. Chile said it wanted to keep some space to
find an agreement with Argentina.
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United States — Anti-Dumping Act of 1916
reports only > DS162:
The European Communities and Japan simultaneously requested
authorization to suspend concessions against the United States. The US
should have implemented by 20 December 2001, they said. Instead of
increasing tariffs on goods coming from the US, the EC and Japan proposed
to apply anti-dumping rules against American goods similar to the
anti-dumping rules currently applied by the US. The US immediately
requested arbitration on the level of the suspension of concessions and
the DSB agreed to refer the matter to the original panel. All parties to
the dispute agreed, however, that arbitration would be suspended for a
while to give the US Congress another chance to repeal the law.
A number of WTO members expressed systemic concerns about the nature of
the sanctions proposed by the EC and Japan. If the US measure is not
compatible with WTO rules, why should similar measures applied by the EC
and Japan be acceptable, they asked..
United States — Section 110(5) of the US Copyright Act
The European Communities requested authorization to suspend concessions
against the United States. The EC proposed as a retaliation to suspend
some of its obligations vis-à-vis the US under the TRIPS (Intellectual
Property) Agreement. The US requested arbitration on the level and nature
of sanctions and the DSB agreed to refer the matter to the original
panelists. The two parties agreed, however, that arbitration would be
suspended to allow the US Congress more time to repeal the law.
other business, Colombia and Costa Rica complained that they had not been
allowed to join the consultations between Thailand and the European
Communities on EC: General system of preferences (DS242).
A special meeting of the DSB will take place on 29 January 2002. The
next regular meeting of the DSB will be on 1 February 2002.
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