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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
of the recommendations of the DSB
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Egypt — Definitive anti-dumping measures on steel rebar from Turkey
Egypt and Turkey said they would try to agree a reasonable period of
time for an early compliance by Egypt to the panel recommendations in this
body reports adopted
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Chile — Price band system and safeguard measures relating to certain
the adoption of the report several countries intervened to comment on the
findings and on the implications of this issue in the context of the
agriculture trade and policies. Argentina expressed “total
satisfaction” for the Appellate Body’s findings and hoped that
discussions will start soon with Chile on the timing and modalities of the
implementation. Chile showed disappointment with the report and gave
several reasons why in its opinion it should not be adopted.
European Communities — Trade description of sardines
EC expressed disappointment with the ruling but said that while it
disagreed with several aspects of the report, the EC will actively work to
implement, within the shortest possible timeframe, the DSB recommendations
and rulings. Peru said that despite its reservations with respect to
certain procedural issues of the Appellate Body report it welcomed and
accepted the rulings. Several countries made statements expressing some
reservations with statements and conclusions contained in the report.
to rules 1, 24 and 27 of the working procedures for appellate review.
DSB was informed of some amendments introduced by the Appellate Body to
the Working Procedures for Appellate Review concerning third parties in a
dispute. The amendments enable third parties that do not file written
submissions on appeal to participate actively at the hearing. Under the
amended rules, third parties that notify the Appellate Body Secretariat in
a timely manner of their intent to attend may participate actively at the
oral hearing. In addition, even third parties that neither file a written
submission nor notify in a timely manner their intent to attend may, at
the discretion of the Division hearing the appeal, be permitted to
participate actively at the oral hearing.
countries sought clarification on certain aspects of the amendments but
there were also interventions in which concern was expressed about the
procedure for these amendments to be adopted and for the lack of
consultations with members before their adoption.
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next regular meeting of the DSB is scheduled for 11 November 2002.
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