Ruggiero's speeches, 1995-99
in the WTO
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Egypt — Definitive anti-dumping measures on steel rebar from
reiterated its request for a panel. (First request was made on 16 May
2001). Egypt repeated its faith in the WTO compliance of its measures.
The DSB agreed to establish a panel. Chile, the European Communities,
Japan and the United States reserved third-party rights to participate
in the Panel's proceeding.
Case DS227: Peru — Taxes on cigarettes.
Chile regretted the fact that an
agreement had not been found with Peru and requested, for the second
time, the establishment of a panel. Peru said that it would have
preferred to continue the consultations and still hoped to find an
agreement. The DSB agreed to establish a panel. No one expressed
interest as third-party.
requests deferred Back
following requests for the establishment of panels were deferred: Case DS206: United States — Anti-dumping and countervailing measures on
steel plate from India, a request from India; Case DS231:
European Communities — Trade description of sardines, a request
from Peru; Case DS219: European Communities — Anti-dumping duties
on malleable cast iron tube or pipe fittings from Brazil, a request
reports: Surveillance of implementation of recommendations
adopted by the DSB
European Communities — Regime for the importation, sale
and distribution of bananas
EC stated that it had completed the implementation of the first phase
of its transitional regime and was now preparing the second phase, to
start from 1 January 2002. The EC also said that the implementation of
the second phase depended on the EC obtaining a waiver in the Goods
Council for its “Cotonou agreement” — the new EC-ACP
to the dispute said they would monitor the actions taken by the EC.
Japan — Measures affecting agricultural products
said that it would shortly amend its relevant regulations. The US
urged Japan to do so as quickly as possible. The EC expressed concern
about Japan's delay in implementation.
Turkey — Restrictions on imports of textile and clothing
and India said that they continued to hold discussions and hoped to
soon find a mutually acceptable compensation, pending full compliance.
United States — Safeguard measures on imports of fresh, chilled or
frozen lamb meat from New Zealand and Australia
of the recommendations of the DSB Back
United States said that it intends to implement and will need a
reasonable period of time. Australia, New Zealand and the EC welcomed
the US's readiness to comply but regretted that the US is not is a
position to comply immediately. They said that removal of the
safeguard measures was the only route to implement.
next meeting of the DSB will take place on 24 July 2001.
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