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Ukraine wants to join the EU dispute against Russia
Ukraine wants to join the EU dispute against Russia

In accordance with the request to join the consultations between the EU and Russia on the dispute in respect of excessive import duties, Ukraine has in this substantial trade interest in this dispute as a producer and exporter of agricultural and industrial products.



EC files dispute against Russia concerning import duties
EC files dispute against Russia concerning import duties

According to European Comission press release Russia diverges from what was decided at the time it was joining the WTO in two ways: either it applies a higher duty rate, or it fixes a minimum amount that needs to be paid even if not justified by the agreed duty rate expressed in a percentage of the product value.



Dispute Settlement Body Has Establilshed Panel in EU vs Russia dispute over light commercial vehicles
Dispute Settlement Body Has Establilshed Panel in EU vs Russia dispute over light commercial vehicles

On 20 October 2014 the Dispute Settlement Body established a panel  to examine a complaint by the European Union regarding Russia’s anti-dumping duties on LCV after the second request of EU for the establishment of a panel to examine this dispute. Russia said that there had been no efforts from the EU to find a solution



New procedure of 'ad hoc consultations' agreed for mediating food safety and animal-plant health friction
New procedure of 'ad hoc consultations' agreed for mediating food safety and animal-plant health friction

A new mediation procedure to help members settle their differences on food safety and animal and plant health measures has officially been agreed since no objections were raised by the 5 September 2014 deadline.



Ecuador launches safeguard investigation on floors of wood and bamboo and accessories
Ecuador launches safeguard investigation on floors of wood and bamboo and accessories

In 2 September 2014, Ecuador notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 28 August 2014 a safeguard investigation on floors and wood and bamboo and accessories.



Panel Established in Dispute on Russian Federation — Measures on the Importation of Live Pigs, Pork and Other Pig Products from the European
Panel Established in Dispute on Russian Federation — Measures on the Importation of Live Pigs, Pork and Other Pig Products from the European

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. Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Chinese Taipei and the United States reserved their third-party rights to participate in the panel’s proceedings.



Panel Established in Dispute on EU — Cost Adjustment Methodologies and Certain Anti-Dumping Measures on Imports from Russia
Panel Established in Dispute on EU — Cost Adjustment Methodologies and Certain Anti-Dumping Measures on Imports from Russia

Russia reiterated its concerns expressed at the June 2014 meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on this dispute. 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. Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States reserved their third-party rights to participate in the panel’s proceedings.



Russia on 27 June bans import of beef subproducts from EU
Russia on 27 June bans import of beef subproducts from EU

According to information published on the website of Rosselkhoznadzor, in recent days there are several cases of import of pork products from EC under the guise of beef. In this regard, Russia from June 27 prohibits the delivery of beef trimmings, tendons and beef offals from the EU. 


 



The EU Council has decided to ban the import of goods from Crimea to the European Uninon
The EU Council has decided to ban the import of goods from Crimea to the European Uninon

The European Council today prohibited the import of goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol into 
the European Union. 

 

 



German non-Profits Can Get up to 20 000 $ for Support U.S.-EU Free Trade
German non-Profits Can Get up to 20 000 $ for Support U.S.-EU Free Trade

US Embassy's in Berlin launched project “T-TIP: Get Informed! Get Involved.” The section is “soliciting proposals” and offering grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to German non-governmental organizations, think tanks and academic institutions combat misinformation. 

 


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