LatAm & Caribbean Trade defence WTO disputes

EU challenges Colombia in WTO over spirits monopolies and taxation

The EU has filed a request for consultations with Colombia in the WTO’s dispute settlement body over what it believes is discriminatory treatment of European spirits in local markets. The move was welcomed by various spirits associations in the EU.   The Scottisch Whisky Association (SWA) stated: “the industry struggles …

China Trade defence

Commission rebuffs Pro Sun request to review benchmark price for Chinese solar cells

The price undertaking currently in force with Chinese solar panel producers remains based on the EU Commission’s initial international price benchmark, the DG Trade’s antidumping department decided.   Pro Sun, the lobby group behind the undertaking decided in 2013 requested one year ago that the EU review the benchmark price …

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EU pledges €100.000 for UNCITRAL transparency register   Story here. In 2014, EU member states blocked Commission moves to apply for UNCITRAL membership on behalf of the bloc.   Investment protection/ISDS   It is official: Italy has formally left the Energy Charter Treaty, aiming to avoid being sued by reneweable …