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(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.


(Daily News)
May 10, 2006

The European Commission will move to stave off sanctions on U.S. exports due to go into effect on May 16 once the House and Senate have approved a tax bill that will repeal certain tax benefits which the World Trade Organization has ruled to be prohibited export subsidies. Both the House and Senate are hoping to approve the tax bill this week, with the House scheduled for a vote today (May 10).


(Daily News)
February 21, 2006

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will begin two days of talks in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman today (Feb. 21). The talks, which will focus on the Doha round according to European government sources, will wrap up tomorrow.


(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.


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