At the request of the parties in the dispute “European Communities and its member States — Tariff Treatment of Certain Information Technology Products” (DS375/376/377), the Panel has agreed that part of its second meeting with the parties on 9 July 2009 should be open for public viewing at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva. This public session is expected to start at 10.00 am on Thursday, 9 July 2009 and the public viewing will take place via a real time closed-circuit television broadcast. The public session of the second meeting of the Panel with the parties will continue as necessary on Friday, 10 July 2009.

The number of places in the viewing room reserved for the public will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis upon receipt of the completed registration form. Completed forms should be sent by e-mail only to the following address: public-hearing@wto.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 pm, Geneva time, on 1 July 2009. Applicants will receive a confirmatory email by 7 July 2009.

The general public to whom seats have been allocated will need to present a valid official photo identification on-site to access the meeting room. Members of the public allocated a seat are requested to arrive in good time as security checks may delay access to the viewing room.

Please note that any form of recording or filming is prohibited and that cell phones shall be switched off during the public viewing.

The WTO cannot offer any support, including financial, for accommodation, flight arrangements and visas.


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