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·         EU Also Seeks Compliance Ruling In Russia WTO Pork Brawl

·         EU requests WTO consultations with Russia



EU Also Seeks Compliance Ruling In Russia WTO Pork Brawl


By Alex Lawson, Law360

February 8, 2018 


The European Union asked the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to determine whether Russia has adequately scaled back its pork import restrictions, following Moscow’s lead and restoring a measure of order to a dispute that had become tangled in procedural fights.


After WTO panels roundly rejected Russia’s sweeping ban on EU pigs and pork products following scattered outbreaks of African swine fever, Moscow moved to bring its restrictions in line with WTO rules. But the EU has said Russia’s import hurdles remain illegal and has now...


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EU requests WTO consultations with Russia


New Business Ethiopia

Feb 8, 2018


The European Union has requested WTO consultations with the Russian Federation to discuss Russian measures affecting imports of live pigs and pork products from the EU.


The EU contends the measures effectively maintain import restrictions that were earlier found to be inconsistent with WTO rules. The request was circulated to WTO members on 7 February. In its request for consultations under Article 21.5 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), the EU said the challenged measures are inconsistent with various provisions under the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994.


Russia has requested its own Article 21.5 consultations with the EU, arguing that it has removed the measures found to be WTO-inconsistent. The Russian request was circulated to WTO members on 30 January.


On 19 December 2017, the EU requested WTO authorization to suspend concessions in the amount of EUR 1.39 billion plus a yearly increase rate of 15%, because of Russia’s alleged non-compliance with the earlier WTO ruling. Russia objected to this request, and the matter was referred to arbitration.


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