DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

DS: Russian Federation — Certain Measures Concerning Domestic and Foreign Products and Services

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Complaint by the European Union

On 22 July 2021, the European Union requested consultations with the Russian Federation with regard to various measures favouring domestic products and services provided by domestic entities over foreign products and services provided by foreign entities, including the following: price preference applied to procurements by State-related entities favouring Russian origin products and services from Russian entities; a requirement to obtain prior authorisation for the purchase of certain engineering products; and minimum quotas for domestic products in procurement procedures of certain State related entities favouring Russian origin products.

The European Union claimed that the price preference applied to procurements by State-related entities favouring Russian origin products and services from Russian entities appears to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles III:4 and XVII:1(c) of the GATT 1994;
     
  • Article XVII:1 of the GATS; and
     
  • Paragraph 2 of the Russian Federation's Protocol of Accession in conjunction with paragraphs 98, 99 and 1450 of the Working Party Report on the Russian Federation's accession to the WTO.

The European Union claimed that the requirement to obtain prior authorisation for the purchase of certain engineering products appears to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles III:4, XI, and XVII:1(c) of the GATT 1994; and
     
  • Paragraph 2 of the Russian Federation's Protocol of Accession in conjunction with paragraphs 98, 99 and 1450 of the Working Party Report on the Russian Federation's accession to the WTO.

The European Union claimed that the minimum quotas for domestic products in procurement procedures of certain State related entities favouring Russian origin products appears to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles III:4 and XVII:1(c) of the GATT 1994; and
     
  • Paragraph 2 of the Russian Federation's Protocol of Accession in conjunction with paragraphs 98, 99 and 1450 of the Working Party Report on the Russian Federation's accession to the WTO.

 

 

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