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The WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures prohibits subsidies on exports
or those conditioned on the use of domestic over imported goods. However, it specifically
defines certain subsidies for the adaptation of existing facilities to meet new
environmental requirements, for assistance to economically-disadvantaged regions of the
country, and for research and development activities of firms or higher education
establishments as non-actionable, or protected from countervailing-duty or
dispute-settlement actions by other WTO Members. To qualify for non-actionable status, a
subsidy programme must satisfy specific criteria set forth in the Agreement.
WTO framework on non-actionable subsidies was completed on 2 June when the
Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures adopted procedures for the conduct of
binding arbitration regarding the status of these types of subsidies. The Committee
previously had adopted the other elements of the framework, which are formats for the
initial notification of such programmes and for updating notifications.
Subsidies Agreement provides that governments may notify in advance of implementation
subsidy programmes they consider to be non-actionable. The Subsidies Committee
then reviews these notifications. If there is no consensus in the Committee that a
notified programme meets the Agreement's criteria for non-actionability, any Member may
request binding arbitration to resolve the status of the programme. The arbitration body
is required to present its conclusions within 120 days.
full text of the arbitration procedures (document G/SCM/19) and the formats for initial
and updating notifications (documents G/SCM/14 and G/SCM/13, respectively) are available
on the WTO Website (www.wto.org).