• Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body December 18, 2019
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 18 December 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”.
  • Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on syringes December 11, 2019
    On 11 December 2019, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 2 December 2019 a safeguard investigation on syringes.
  • Appellate Body issues report regarding Moroccan duties on Turkish steel December 10, 2019
    On 10 December the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by Turkey in “Morocco — Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Hot Rolled Steel from Turkey” (DS513). On 4 December Morocco notified the Appellate Body that it had withdrawn its appeal in this dispute.
  • WTO members agree to extend e-commerce, non-violation moratoriums December 10, 2019
    WTO members meeting as the General Council agreed on 10 December to extend two existing moratoriums related to customs duties on electronic transmissions and the initiation of “non-violation” complaints under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). They also approved the WTO’s budget for 2020.
  • DG Azevêdo to launch intensive consultations on resolving Appellate Body impasse December 9, 2019
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told a meeting of the full WTO membership on 9 December that he would launch more intensive, high-level consultations on how to resolve the longstanding impasse over the appointment of Appellate Body members. DG Azevêdo’s intervention came after WTO members were unable to reach consensus on a proposal to address concerns regarding […]
  • European Union appeals second compliance panel ruling in Airbus dispute December 6, 2019
    The European Union filed an appeal on 6 December concerning the WTO panel report in the case brought by the EU in “European Communities and Certain Member States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the EU” (DS316). The report was circulated to WTO members […]
  • DG Azevêdo urges WTO members to find ways forward on the dispute settlement system December 6, 2019
    At a meeting of the full WTO membership on 6 December, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo emphasised that for dispute settlement as for rule-making, the choices members make in the coming months would be consequential for the future of the multilateral trading system. He also welcomed a compromise reached in the Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration […]
  • WTO members prepare to intensify fisheries subsidies negotiations in 2020 December 6, 2019
    At the 4-6 December meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, WTO members agreed on a work programme for intensifying negotiations on fisheries subsidies in January-May 2020, with the aim of coming to an agreement by June at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). Members also received working papers and new proposals to study before the […]
  • Eighth China Round Table underlines contributions of accessions to WTO reform December 5, 2019
    The Eighth China Round Table on WTO Accessions, hosted in Moscow by the Russian Government on 4-5 December, focused on how WTO accessions can contribute to the ongoing discussion on WTO reform. Under the theme “Accessions and WTO Reform: on the Road to MC12”, this year’s Round Table also underlined the implications of regional integration […]
  • Ecuador launches safeguard investigation on flat ceramics December 5, 2019
    On 5 December 2019, Ecuador notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 26 November 2019 a safeguard investigation on flat ceramics.