At the request of the participants (the European Communities and the United States) in the dispute United States — Laws, Regulations and Methodology for Calculating Dumping Margins (“Zeroing”) — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the European Communities (WT/DS294/RW), the Division hearing the appeal has decided to open the oral hearing to public observation by WTO Members and the general public via simultaneous closed-circuit broadcast to a separate viewing room. The oral hearing will take place on 23 and 24 March 2009.

In the light of limited seating capacity, the places reserved for the public will be allocated on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of the completed application form. Completed forms should be sent by e-mail only to the following address: zeroingabhearing@wto.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Geneva time, on Monday, 16 March. Those to whom seats have been allocated will be advised by e-mail by Tuesday, 17 March, at which time further information regarding the hearing will be provided. Those attending will need to present a valid passport to access the viewing room. Please note that no audio / video recording will be permitted. Portable phones will need to be switched off throughout the hearing. Security checks may delay access to the viewing room.

The WTO is unable to offer any support, including financial, for accommodation, flight arrangements or visas.


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