The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on October 14, 2019, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.
19-6420WTO/AIR/DSB/874OCTOBER2019SUBJECT:DISPUTE SETTLEMENT BODYTHE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT BODY WILL MEET IN THE CENTRE WILLIAM RAPPARD ON MONDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2019 AT 9A.M. IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEM:
1.EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AND CERTAIN MEMBER STATES–MEASURES AFFECTING TRADE IN LARGE CIVIL AIRCRAFTA.RECOURSE BY THE UNITED STATES TO ARTICLE7.9 OF THE SCM AGREEMENT AND ARTICLE 22.7 OF THE DSU(WT/DS316/42)
MEMBERS OF THE WTO AND OBSERVER GOVERNMENTS TO WTO BODIES ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM THE SECRETARIAT OF THE NAMES OF THEIR REPRESENTATIVES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.ROBERTO AZEVÊDO (Director General of WTO)
TextileFuture’s brief comment: This seems to be a reaction to the worldwide attention of the ruling against the EU that was published on October 3, 2019. The EU will countervail the tax measures applied by the U.S.A. Because of the ruling trade tensions were increasing between the EU and the USA, because also the U.S. government has provided subsidies for Boeing, the hardest competitor of Airbus and it can be expected, that the arbitrator of WTO will give this time rule in favour of the EU allowing counter measures (punitive duties). The lapse of time between the two verdicts is certainly making waves on both sides of the Atlantic River!