GLOBAL - The Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation has set up two disputes’ panels in a bid to resolve trade arguments between Russia and the EU.
One has been established on the Russian Federation’s complaint against anti-dumping measures by the European Union on imports from Russia.
The second is on the EU’s complaint against Russia’s measures on the importation of live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU.
Russia reiterated its concerns expressed at the June 2014 meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on the dispute over cost adjustment methodologies and certain anti-dumping measures on imports from Russia.
Russia, for the second time, requested the DSB to establish a panel to examine this dispute.
The European Union said that it was convinced that its measures were in conformity with the WTO agreements and that it was ready to defend them before the panel.
The DSB established a panel and Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States have reserved their third-party rights to participate in the panel’s proceedings.
In the second dispute, the EU reiterated its concern expressed at the 10 July 2014 DSB meeting regarding Russia’s EU-wide restriction against imports of live pigs, pork and other pig products despite the EU’s measures to contain a further spread of the African swine fever.
The EU, for the second time, requested the DSB to establish a panel.
Russia said that the recurring African swine fever outbreaks in the EU showed the EU’s ineffectiveness to prevent the spread of the disease.
Russia believed that the issues related to this outbreak may only be effectively resolved through expert consultations and arrangements.
The DSB established a panel and Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Chinese Taipei and the United States reserved their third-party rights to participate in the panel’s proceedings.
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