Monday, November 5, 2012
The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced today that China has requested consultations with the European Union (EU) and some of its member states regarding measures affecting the renewable energy generation sector relating to the feed-in tariff programmes of these EU member states. The affected member states include (but are not limited to) Italy and Greece. The measures include domestic content restrictions and are inconsistent with the GATT 1994, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM) and the Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMS). The matter has been assigned case number WT/DS452/1.
A request for consulations is the first step in the initiation of a dispute resolution matter at the WTO. The parties have 60 days in which to engage in consulations to resolve the matter before China may request the establishment of a dispute resolution panel.