Monday, October 14, 2013

WTO To Show Video of Hearing in US-EU Boeing Dispute

WTOAt the request of the parties, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution panel has agreed to show the public a video recording of the non-confidential portions of the hearing in the case of “United States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft (Second Complaint) — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the European Union” (DS353).  The screening will be held at 10 am on October 31, 2013. 

The dispute involves allegations by the EU that the United States is providing improper subsidies to certain airline companies.  In 2011, a WTO dispute resolution panel found, inter alia, that some of the research and development funds provided by the U.S. government to Boeing were specific subsidies.  The EU was disappointed that it did not prevail on other claims and appealed the decision to the WTO Appellate Body (AB). In March 2012, the AB agreed with the panel that actionable subsidies exist, although it disagreed with some of the panel's analysis.  The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) adopted the report of the AB and the US indicated its intention to implement the decision.  In September 2012, the United States notified the WTO DSB that it had withdrawn the subsidies and fully implemented the WTO recommendations.  The EU took issue with that position and initiated the present proceeding to determine whether the United States has fully complied with its WTO obligations with respect to this dispute.

Seats for the screening are available on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a seat or for more information, click here.

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