The EU alleges that the United Kingdom is acting inconsistently with the national treatment obligation under Article III:4 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade by making local content a criterion of eligibility for, and payment of, subsidies covering the difference between the cost of low carbon electricity generation and the regular market price.
Further information is available in document WT/DS612/1.
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.