DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

DS: Belgium — Measures Affecting Commercial Telephone Directory Services

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Complaint by the United States.

On 2 May 1997, the US requested consultations with Belgium in respect of certain measures of the Kingdom of Belgium governing the provision of commercial telephone directory services. These measures include the imposition of conditions for obtaining a license to publish commercial directories, and the regulation of the acts, policies, and practices of BELGACOM N.V. with respect to telephone directory services. The US alleged violations of Articles II, VI, VIII and XVII of GATS, as well as nullification and impairment of benefits accruing to it under the specific GATS commitments made by the EC on behalf of Belgium.

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