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(Daily News)
July 28, 2008

GENEVA -- A small group meeting of seven trading partners seeking to narrow differences on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) in the Doha round showed signs of stalemate in the early evening of July 28 local time.


(Daily News)
July 27, 2008

GENEVA -- Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store said yesterday (July 26) that he has been “testing some ideas” on how diffuse an on-going dispute over whether expanded protection of products with geographical names other than wine and spirits can be part of the Doha round agenda along with new patent disclosure rules. So far, these efforts have failed, he said in an interview with Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
July 26, 2008

GENEVA -- France, Hungary and Lithuania today (July 26) were among the European member states that most strongly criticized the emerging modalities package in the Doha round as imposing disproportionate concessions in agriculture compared to the possible gains in non-agricultural market access (NAMA).


(Daily News)
July 24, 2008

GENEVA - If Brazil and India prevail in their demands for significantly deeper cuts in U.S. overall trade-distorting subsidies (OTDS), it could put European Union negotiators at risk of violating their negotiating mandate by forcing them to make deeper cuts as well, according to agriculture sources.


(Daily News)
July 23, 2008

GENEVA - Following the second Green Room of the ministerial, European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson signaled that developing countries took a hard line on non-agricultural market access (NAMA) in the July 22 meeting.


(Daily News)
July 22, 2008

GENEVA - U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (July 22) ruled out giving in to European Union demands that a Doha round modalities deal include provisions that would extend new protections to geographical indications to products other than wine and spirits.


(Daily News)
June 18, 2008

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a long-awaited finding with U.S.-European Union trade implications, has found that the Air Force improperly awarded a $35 billion contract for an aerial refueling tanker this year to Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Agency (EADS), the parent of Airbus.


(Daily News)
June 12, 2008

The European Commission will announce tomorrow (June 13) that it is launching an antidumping and countervailing duty investigation into U.S. biodiesel subsidies, European officials said today.


(Daily News)
June 02, 2008

European Union member states today (June 2) voted decisively against a European Commission proposal to end an 11-year-old effective ban on U.S. poultry imports. The vote could result in the proposal to allow antimicrobial treatments of poultry in the EU and for imports being shelved indefinitely, EU officials said.


(Daily News)
February 08, 2008

The European Union this week took another procedural step in a dispute with the United States over the EU's failure to quickly approve genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by formally objecting to the level of U.S. retaliation in the World Trade Organization, which the U.S. so far has not officially specified, an EU source said.


(Daily News)
February 08, 2008

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel today (Feb. 8) issued a confidential interim ruling in favor of the United States against the European Union tariff on bananas from Latin America, according to U.S. and EU government sources.


(Daily News)
December 17, 2007

The U.S. and European Union formally agreed today (Dec. 17) on a compensation package that would commit the U.S. under the World Trade Organization to bind increased levels of market access in four services sectors in order to offset the trade losses that stem from the U.S. decision earlier this year to withdraw commitments on gambling from its WTO services schedule.


(Daily News)
October 12, 2007

Members of the European Parliament late last week warned that a bill pending in Congress aimed at sanctioning foreign companies that invest in Iran's oil and gas sector will hurt U.S.-European Union relations because it interferes in EU affairs.


(Daily News)
September 17, 2007

An industry association that includes computer software giants Microsoft and Oracle has launched a campaign to bring congressional and administration pressure to bear on the European Union, South Korea and China regarding their antitrust policies.


(Daily News)
January 08, 2007

A breakthrough in the Doha round of WTO negotiations is needed by March, or completion of the round could be delayed for several years, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said today (Jan. 8).


(Daily News)
November 21, 2006

The European Union today (Nov. 21) decided against appealing a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel that faulted it for undue delay in approving GMO products for a four-year period ending in 2003 and found member states maintained unjustified bans on GMO products already found safe by EU authorities.


(Daily News)
September 22, 2006

The European Union has announced it has requested formal World Trade Organization consultations with the United States about the use of its controversial “zeroing” methodology in administrative reviews in an effort to bring an end to the measure as such. The use of zeroing generally drives up antidumping duties.


(Daily News)
June 28, 2006

On the eve of leaving for Geneva negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns conveyed the strong message that they will not accept a deal that does not offset cuts in domestic farm subsidies with substantial market access gains.


(Daily News)
May 16, 2006

European Union member states ministers yesterday (May 15) approved a regulation that will suspend until May 29 sanctions on U.S. exports in a long-standing dispute over remaining tax breaks extended according to the foreign sales corporation law and the Extraterritorial Income Act, according to European Union sources.


(Daily News)
May 15, 2006

European member states’ ministers today (May 15) to approve legislation at the General Affairs Council to revoke sanctions on U.S. exports scheduled to go into effect tomorrow in a long-standing tax dispute.


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