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WTO appellate report strengthens EU case in pork ban dispute with Russia

Russia is probably regretting having appealed the first WTO dispute panel finding against one of its most politically charged trade tussle with the EU.   In September 2016, the dispute settlement body in Geneva ruled that Russia’s import ban on pork products from Baltic states introduced in 2014 and extended …

Ukraine, Russia & CIS WTO & Plurilaterals WTO disputes

In brief: Russia appeals WTO ruling on commercial vehicle duties

Russia has appealed against a January 2017 WTO dispute settlement ruling indicting it for not following the rulebook in applying trade defence duties against German and Italian commercial vehicles.   The WTO’s main disagreement was the fact that Russia only took into account the damage to one company – Sollers – in …

Trade defence Ukraine, Russia & CIS WTO & Plurilaterals WTO disputes

In brief: Russia challenges EU antidumping duties on steel at WTO

Russia has requested WTO consultations with the EU last Friday on European anti-dumping duties imposed on imports of certain cold-rolled flat steel products originating from Russia, formally initiating a dispute in the WTO.   The move is a response to EU antidumping duties retroactively applied on Russian producers from 18.7 …

Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

In brief: Ukraine Association Agreement now on track for ratification

A bill submitted to the Dutch Parliament by Mark Rutte greenlighting the Dutch government’s ratification of the EU Ukraine Association Agreement is likely to pass the final hurdle in the upper house, sources say.   The deal faced uncertainty after a compromise declaration adopted by EU member state in 15 December. The Christian Democratic …

EU Ukraine association deal declaration faces potential rough ride in Dutch upper house
Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU Ukraine association deal declaration faces potential rough ride in Dutch upper house

EU leaders managed to find wording acceptable to all 28 EU member states on the declaration requested by the Netherlands during a Council meeting today. A major hurdle to the final adoption of the Association Agreement and its in-built deep and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU’s eastern neighbour has …