DS: Korea — Laws, Regulations and Practices in the Telecommunications Procurement Sector

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Complaint by the European Communities.

This request for consultations, dated 9 May 1996, concerns the laws, regulations and practices in the telecommunications sector. The EC claims that the procurement practices of the Korean telecommunications sector (Korea Telecom and Dacom) discriminate against foreign suppliers. The EC also claims that the Korean government has favoured US suppliers under two bilateral telecommunications agreements between Korea and the US. Violations of GATT Articles I, III and XVII are alleged.


Mutually agreed solution

On 22 October 1997, the parties notified the Secretariat of a mutually agreed solution.


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