WTO: 2008 NEWS ITEMS

At the request of the parties in the dispute “Australia — Measures Affecting the Importation of Apples from New Zealand (WT/DS367)”, the dispute panel has agreed to open its first substantive meeting with the parties and third parties on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 September 2008 to public viewing.

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The public viewing will take place via simultaneous closed-circuit television broadcast in a separate room at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva. The panel meeting with the parties is expected to start at 10.00 and to finish at 18.00 on Tuesday 2 September. The third party session will start at 10.00 on Wednesday 3 September. The meeting will continue in the afternoon of 3 September, as necessary. The meeting will be held in English only; interpretation will not be available.

In light of limited seating capacity, the places in the public viewing room will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis upon receipt of a completed application form. Completed forms should be sent as an attachment by email to: openhearing.apples@wto.org.

Applications will be accepted until midnight Geneva time on 27 August 2008. Those to whom seats have been allocated will be advised by confirmation email by 29 August at the latest. They will need to present a valid identification (WTO delegate badge, passport or WTO staff badge) on-site to obtain a dedicated event badge to access the viewing room. Only those with confirmed seats and a dedicated event badge will be admitted. Security checks may delay access.

Please note that no audio/video recording or photography will be permitted in the viewing room. As a courtesy to other participants, mobile phones should be switched off during the public viewing.

The panel reserves the right to call for a closed confidential session of the substantive meeting, if necessary, in order to address issues related to any confidential information. The panel also reserves the right to suspend the open hearings at any time, on its own initiative or at the request of either party, if there is any risk of breach of confidentiality or of disruption of the meeting. If the open hearings are suspended by the panel for any reason, the panel may decide to resume the meeting in a closed confidential session.

The WTO cannot offer any support, including financial, for accommodation, flight arrangements and visas.

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