DS: European Union and Certain Member States — Certain Measures on the Importation and Marketing of Biodiesel and Measures Supporting the Biodiesel Industry

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Complaint by Argentina.

On 15 May 2013, Argentina requested consultations with the European Union and its member States regarding certain measures that allegedly affect the importation and marketing of biodiesel, as well as measures supporting the biodiesel industry. Argentina's request relates to two types of measures adopted by the European Union and certain member States: (a) measures to promote the use of energy from renewable sources and to introduce a mechanism to control and reduce greenhouse emissions; and (b) measures to establish support schemes for the biodiesel sector.

Argentina considers that the measures are inconsistent with:

  • Articles I:1, III:1, III:2, III:4 and III:5 of the GATT 1994;
  • Articles 1.1, 2.3, 3.1(b), 3.2,5(b), 5(c) and 6.3(a) of the SCM Agreement;
  • Articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the TRIMs Agreement;
  • Articles 2.1, 2.2, 5.1, 5.2 of the TBT Agreement; and
  • Article XVI:4 of the WTO Agreement.



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