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AGENDA POINT 1:  ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

·    The EU would like to thank the outgoing Chair for her work in the past year, including for her efforts to address the current crisis related to Appellate Body appointments.

On behalf of the European Union, I would like to welcome - after the long journey - the Delegation from Samoa, led by Honourable Mr. Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, and thank the Secretariat and the Discussant, H.E. Mr. David Walker (New Zealand), for providing useful framework for the exchanges during this review.

On behalf of the European Union I would like to welcome Bangladesh's Delegation, led by H. E. Mr. Tipu Munshi, Minister of Commerce, and the Discussant, H.E. Mr Stephen DE BOER, Ambassador of Canada, for his introductory words.

Today, the EU has brought two disputes in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against India and Turkey, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals.

In both cases, there are significant economic interests and important legal principles at stake for the EU. The total value of affected European exports is estimated to be more than €1 billion a year.

The EU welcomes today’s ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Appellate Body, vindicating the EU’s long held position that the United States has taken no steps to comply with WTO rules on support to Boeing. The ruling concludes definitively that the US has continued to subsidise the company illegally despite previous rulings condemning this behaviour. This has caused significant harm to its European competitor Airbus.

On behalf of the European Union, I would like to welcome the East African Community (EAC) Delegation led by H.E. Ms Hakuziyaremye. I would also like to thank the Discussant, H.E. Dr. Athaliah Lesiba MOLOKOMME (Botswana), for her introductory words. As usual we than the WTO Secretariat for their excellent report and the EAC for their reports.

On behalf of the European Union I would like to welcome the Delegation from Ecuador, led by H.E. Vice-Minister Diego Caicedo, acknowledge the work of Ambassador H.E Ambassador Aulestia and his team for the work in Geneva, and thank the Discussant, H.E. Mr. Eduardo Sperisen-Yurt, for his introductory words.

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