Delegation of the European Union to the

UN and other international organisations in Geneva

EU Statements at Regular Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting, 26 October 2021

Geneva, 27/10/2021 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 211027_4
Local Statements

Statements delivered by Ioannis Zervas, Counsellor

AGENDA POINT 1: SURVEILLANCE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY THE DSB

B. UNITED STATES – SECTION 110(5) OF THE US COPYRIGHT ACT: STATUS REPORT BY THE UNITED STATES (WT/DS160/24/ADD.190)

  • We thank the United States for its status report and its statement today.
  • We refer to our previous statements. We would like to resolve this case as soon as possible.

 

AGENDA POINT 1: SURVEILLANCE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY THE DSB

C.     EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES – MEASURES AFFECTING THE APPROVAL AND MARKETING OF BIOTECH PRODUCTS: STATUS REPORT BY THE EUROPEAN UNION (WT/DS291/37/ADD.155)

  • The United States frequently refers to products that have successfully passed EFSA’s risk assessment, but not yet received final approval through comitology. The EU would like to point out that there are administrative procedures between the publication of EFSA’s favourable opinion and the comitology vote that have to be respected. These include, among others, procedures related to transparency, such as a one-month public consultation. The EU fails to see how these procedures can be characterised as ‘undue delay’.
  • The EU acts in line with its WTO obligations. We recall that the EU approval system is not covered by the DSB’s recommendations and rulings.

 

AGENDA POINT 2: UNITED STATES – CONTINUED DUMPING AND SUBSIDY OFFSET ACT OF 2000: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY THE DSB

  1. STATEMENT BY THE EUROPEAN UNION
  • We refer to our previous statements under this agenda item.

 

AGENDA POINT 3:  EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AND CERTAIN MEMBER STATES – MEASURES AFFECTING TRADE IN LARGE CIVIL AIRCRAFT: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY THE DSB

  1. STATEMENT BY THE UNITED STATES
  • We refer to our previous statements under this agenda item.

 

AGENDA POINT 6: APPELLATE BODY APPOINTMENTS

  • Since 11 December 2019, the WTO no longer guarantees access to a binding, two-tier, independent and impartial resolution of trade disputes.
  • A fully functioning WTO dispute settlement system is critical for a rules-based multilateral trading system.
  • This is why the most urgent area of WTO reform involves finding an agreed basis to restore such a system and proceeding to the appointment of the members of the Appellate Body. This task should be addressed as a priority.
  • As we have consistently noted, WTO Members have a shared responsibility to resolve this issue as soon as possible, and to fill the outstanding vacancies as required by Article 17.2 of the DSU.
  • The EU agrees that a meaningful reform is needed in order to achieve this objective.
  • The EU therefore renews its call on all WTO Members to engage in a constructive discussion as soon as possible in order to restore a fully functioning WTO dispute settlement system.
  • We thank all Members that have co-sponsored the proposal to launch the appointment processes.

 

 

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