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(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.


(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.


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