Ruggiero's speeches, 1995-99
in the WTO
This summary has been prepared by the WTO
Secretariats 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 Bodys
United States — Safeguard measures on imports of fresh, chilled or
frozen lamb meat from New Zealand and Australia. Back
and New Zealand, the complaining parties in this case, welcomed the
adoption of the reports which found the measures inconsistent with US'
obligations. They said they expected prompt compliance by the US and
the early removal of the safeguard measures on lamb meat.
US said it continued to believe that its safeguard measures on lamb
meat met its obligations under the WTO Safeguard Agreement.
requests deferred Back
following requests for the establishment of panels were deferred:
DS211: Egypt — Definitive anti-dumping measures on steel rebar from
a request by Turkey; Case
DS227: Peru — Taxes on cigarettes,
a request from Chile.
reports: Surveillance of implementation of recommendations
adopted by the DSB
European Communities — Regime for the importation, sale
and distribution of bananas
EC announced that a solution had been found to the banana dispute to
which all the parties agreed: an import regime based on three
tariff-rated quotas allocated on the basis of historical licensing
starting from 1 July 2001, followed by a tariff-only regime from 1
January 2006 onwards.
to the dispute welcomed the progress made towards resolving this
dispute and stated that they would follow closely EC's implementation.
Japan — Measures affecting agricultural products
said that it was in the process of finalizing its administrative steps
necessary for implementation.
US expressed disappointment that Japan had not yet completed its
implementation of the DSB's recommendations.
and the EC expressed concern about Japan's continued delay to
Turkey — Restrictions on imports of textile and clothing
and India said that they continued to hold discussions on Turkey's
compliance with the DSB's recommendations.
said that if a mutually agreed solution was not found within the next
few days, India would exercise its rights under the bilateral
agreement (see document WT/DS34/13).
next regular meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body will take place on
20 June 2001.
to search for and download official documents
search for documents on disputes follow this link to
access the WTO on-line
the codes indicated (in particular, the dispute case
number, e.g. DS999) in the document
symbol window of the search engine.
To narrow down the search add a key word in the
Document title window of the search engine.