Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Earlier today, the World Trade Organization issued its full ruling on the United States' claim (brought on behalf of Boeing) that European aircraft manufacturer Airbus received over $200 billion in illegal subsides from the European Union. See Christopher Drew & Nicola Clark, W.T.O. Affirms Ruling of Improper Airbus Aid, N.Y. Times, Mar. 23, 2010 (available here). Though the ruling won't be made public for several months, it appears that only a fraction of the aid Airbus was alleged to have received violated WTO law. An EU counterclaim concerning illegal U.S. aid to Boeing is still pending.
Blog readers interested in the dispute may wish to consult earlier entries dealing with the Boeing/Airbus dispute: "Preliminary Observations on the Boeing/Airbus Dispute"; "Backgrounder on Boeing/Airbus WTO Dispute"; "EU Will Have to Wait for Boeing Ruling"; and "Havel on Boeing/Airbus Dispute."