DS: Hungary — Export Subsidies in respect of Agricultural Products

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Complaint by Argentina, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States.

This request, dated 27 March 1996, claims that Hungary violated the Agreement on Agriculture (Article 3.3 and Part V) by providing export subsidies in respect of agricultural products not specified in its Schedule, as well as by providing agricultural export subsidies in excess of its commitment levels.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 9 January 1997, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the United States requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 25 February 1997 the DSB established a panel. Canada, Japan, Thailand and Uruguay reserved their third-party rights to the dispute.


Mutually agreed solution

At the DSB meeting on 30 July 1997, Australia, on behalf of all the complainants, notified the DSB that the parties to the dispute had reached a mutually agreed solution, which required Hungary to seek a waiver of certain of its WTO obligations. Pending adoption of the waiver, the complaint was not formally withdrawn.


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