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(Daily News)
February 13, 2006

The U.S. urged the European Union today (Feb. 13) not to re-impose trade sanctions after the World Trade Organization Appellate Body ruled the U.S. had failed to implement an adverse panel decision that found certain U.S. business tax breaks were prohibited export subsidies. The EU announced it would re-impose a 14 percent duty on $4 billion in U.S. exports unless a solution is reached in the next three months.


(Daily News)
February 07, 2006

The European Union is expected this month to again ask the World Trade Organization to establish a second dispute settlement panel to consider additional U.S. supports to its large civil aircraft manufacturer, Boeing. A Geneva source confirmed today (Feb. 7) that the EU would make its second request at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body.


(Daily News)
January 31, 2006

The secretariat of the World Trade Organization has delayed to Feb. 7 the release of an interim panel report on the U.S. challenge of European Union approvals of genetically modified organisms. U.S. officials last week said they expected the interim report on Feb. 1.


(Daily News)
January 20, 2006

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman today (Jan. 20) said he is hopeful the U.S. will soon announce the launching of free trade negotiations with Korea and Malaysia, but signaled no such announcement is imminent for Egypt. Portman also said he is not optimistic on a Swiss FTA because it is not clear whether the two sides can agree on the necessary agriculture concessions.


(Daily News)
December 28, 2005

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking to measure the interest of U.S. business groups in a potential free trade agreement with Switzerland, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
November 09, 2005

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and Trade Representative Rob Portman today (Nov. 9) acknowledged that countries will miss their goal of agreeing to a specific blueprint for the Doha round at the Hong Kong ministerial in December. At the same time, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson announced that the goals for Hong Kong would have to be lowered given the large substantive differences among members.


(Daily News)
November 01, 2005

The European Union’s latest proposal to further open its market to agriculture imports as long as other countries take significant steps on industrial market access and services is being criticized by trading partners in Geneva as minimal, and does not appear to be putting pressure on Brazil and other developing countries to offer concessions to reduce their industrial tariffs or agree to new market openings in services, according to delegation sources.


(Daily News)
June 17, 2005

U.S. and European officials said today (June 17) that they would continue efforts to reach a negotiated settlement on a dispute over government supports for large civil aircraft.


(Daily News)
May 20, 2005

The European Commission has submitted a proposal to member states for an amendment to World Trade Organization intellectual property rules that sources said is likely to be controversial with the United States.


(Daily News)
February 23, 2005

European Director General for Trade Peter Carl is scheduled to meet with acting U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier tomorrow (Feb. 24) to discuss how the two sides can settle their dispute over subsidies for large civil aircraft, according to government sources.


(Daily News)
January 21, 2005

European Union member states today (Jan. 21) informally approved a regulation that would lift sanctions on $4 billion of U.S. exports effective Jan. 1, 2005 to reflect the United States repeal of two tax provisions found by the World Trade Organization to bestow prohibited export subsidies.


(Daily News)
January 18, 2005

The European Union late last week notified the World Trade Organization it will appeal a panel decision that found the EU was subsidizing its sugar producers in violation of the commitments it had made in the Uruguay Round.


(Daily News)
December 14, 2004

U.S. and European Union negotiators today (Dec. 13) tried to assess in a telephone conversation whether there is a basis for negotiating a new bilateral deal on civil aircraft subsidies, according to government sources.


(Daily News)
December 14, 2004

A blocking minority of European Union member states this week rejected a European Commission plan to lift sanctions imposed on U.S. imports in a fight over the foreign sales corporation tax law because they oppose an element of the regulation regarding the re-imposition of these sanctions in 2006.


(Daily News)
December 07, 2004

European Union member states as early as this week are likely to formally endorse former Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy as a candidate to succeed World Trade Organization Director General Supachai Panitchpakdi after no member state voiced opposition to his candidacy in a Dec. 7 meeting of the section 133 Committee on Trade, according to a commission source.


(Daily News)
November 08, 2004

The European Union today took the first procedural step toward a new dispute with the U.S. over the EU’s ban on imports of beef treated with growth hormones by asking the U.S. and Canada for consultations in the World Trade Organization on the sanctions those two countries have imposed on the EU because of the ban.


(Daily News)
October 25, 2004

Editor’s note: After this story was first posted, a European Commission source told Inside U.S. Trade the Commission is still weighing its options on whether to ask the WTO to determine whether the FSC repeal bill signed by President Bush last week brings the U.S. into compliance with an adverse WTO panel decision through Article 21.5 of the WTO dispute settlement rules, or whether to launch an entirely new challenge in the WTO against the so-called JOBS bill, which repeals the FSC and replaces it with different tax breaks.


(Daily News)
October 15, 2004

The European Commission today (Oct. 15) proposed dates for formal consultations with the United States on the subsidies it provides to Boeing both under the World Trade Organization and a 1992 bilateral agreement, according to an Oct. 15 letter by EU Ambassador to the WTO Carlos Trojan to U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Linnet Deily. The EU letter proposed that the consultations be held consecutively on Oct. 28 and 29 in Geneva.


(Daily News)
October 08, 2004

The European Union today (Oct. 8) said it is rejecting U.S. claims that the EU violated the terms of a bilateral agreement disciplining government support for aircraft, and insisted that the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement is invalid and that the agreement is therefore still in force. In a “note verbale” to the U.S. sent today, the EU invoked the consultation provision of the 1992 agreement and asked for talks to discuss U.S. government support for Boeing’s new 7E7 aircraft.


(Daily News)
October 04, 2004

The European Commission has told member state officials it expects the U.S. will soon request World Trade Organization consultations as a first step toward challenging subsidies provided to Airbus, according to European government sources. The Commission has informed member states that in its view, the U.S. is not interested in renegotiating the 1992 bilateral agreement governing aircraft subsidies because this agreement could not be completed before this fall’s elections, these sources said.


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