The Faroe Islands is a self-governing territory of Denmark and is covered by Denmark’s membership of the WTO. However, the Faroe Islands is not covered by Denmark’s membership of the European Union.
The request for consultations claims that on 28 August 2013, the EU Commission adopted measures against the Faroe Islands, including prohibition on imports into the EU of Atlanto-Scandian herring and associated species of mackerel caught under the control of the Faroe Islands. The measures also include prohibition of the use of EU ports by Faroese-flagged vessels that fish for these species and by vessels that transport fish and fishery products stemming from herring or mackerel caught by Faroese-flagged vessels or vessels flying other flags but authorized by the Faroe Islands.This is the first case in which an EU member state has requested consultations under the Dispute Settlement Understanding with another WTO member.
> Further information will be available within the next few days in document WT/DS469/1
What is a request for consultations?
The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.