DS: European Communities — Measures Affecting Imports of Wine

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Complaint by Argentina.

On 4 September 2002, Argentina requested consultations with the EC regarding several EC regulations and other mandatory provisions on oenological practices and on trade in wine.

Argentina’s complaint is in respect of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1493/1999 and Commission Regulation (EC) No. 883/2001, which relate to the administration and the common organisation of the market in wine, the establishment of authorized oenological practices and the regulation of trade between the countries of the EU and third countries.

Argentina considered that these measures are inconsistent with Articles 2 and 12 of the TBT Agreement, Articles I:1 and III:4 of GATT 1994 and Article XVI.4 of the WTO Agreement.


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