DSB: EU, U.S. Prepare for Showdown

Volume
2,
Number
41
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26 October 1998
26 October 1998
The EU and U.S. last week engaged in a war of words at a meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB). The U.S. told DSB members that it is within its rights to threaten retaliation against the EU for what the U.S. expects to be an EU failure to comply with a 1997 WTO ruling against the EU...
26 October 1998
On October 22nd, the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) met in informal session for the first meeting at which it substantively discussed issues relating to the Review of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU Review), due to be completed by the end of 1998. (See also BRIDGES Weekly Trade News...
26 October 1998
Negotiators emerged from talks last week on a Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) discouraged and pessimistic about the chances of concluding an agreement at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Still, negotiators would not concede defeat outright, pledging to...
26 October 1998
The Fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is set to meet November 2-13 in Buenos Aires. Delegates are expected to discuss the roles of developing countries in the climate change convention. "There are key developing countries whose emissions have...
26 October 1998
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation is to host this week a world conference on fishing. Environmental groups hope the meet will yield a plan of action to end overfishing of endangered marine stocks. FAO estimates that 70 percent of the world's most valuable fish stocks are already depleted or...
26 October 1998
Limited markets and high capital requirements often preclude technology transfer between rich and developing countries. However, one non-governmental organisation, the Geneva-based Technology for the People (TFTP), hopes to capitalise on a more nimble industrial development model by facilitating...
26 October 1998
The 144 member countries of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)met for the annual session of the Trade and Development Board (TDB) October 12-23. Much of the focus was on the global financial crises and the causes, management and prevention thereof. Developing countries stressed the...
26 October 1998
WTO-NGO Website Has Arrived! As announced earlier this year, The World Trade Organisation has established the Information Centre for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on its Website. This is one of the steps being taken by Director- General Renato Ruggiero to enhance dialogue with civil society...
26 October 1998
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Trade Negotiating Committee sub-group on civil society participation last week agreed to limit input from the private sector and NGOs to comments "relevant to trade." While groups are free to post whatever comments they wish on the FTAA website ( www.alca-...
26 October 1998
• EVENTS WTO Meetings 26-27 October 1998: Informal Intersessional Meeting of the Special Session of the General Council. The main items on the agenda of this meeting are implementation of WTO Agreements, and preparation for the 3rd Ministerial Conference. For information, contact: Peter Pedersen,...