DS: European Union — Measures on Atlanto-Scandian Herring

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Complaint by Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands.

On 4 November 2013, Denmark, in respect of the Faroe Islands, requested consultations with the European Union with regard to the use of coercive economic measures by the European Union in relation to Atlanto-Scandian herring and Northeast Atlantic mackerel.

The Faroe Islands believes that the EU measures are inconsistent with:

  • Articles I:1, V:2 and XI:1 of the GATT 1994.

On 8 January 2014, Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 22 January 2014, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

At its meeting on 26 February 2014, the DSB established a panel. Australia, China, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, India, Japan, New Zealand, Panama, the Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei, Turkey and the United States reserved their third-party rights. Subsequently, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, Peru and Thailand reserved their third-party rights.



On 21 August 2014, Denmark, in respect of the Faroe Islands, and the European Union informed the DSB that the matter raised in this dispute is settled.



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