WTO Panel Rules in Favour of EU, Japan in Canada Renewable Energy Dispute

Volume
16,
Number
44
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19 December 2012
19 December 2012
A WTO panel has sided with the EU and Japan in their challenge of renewable energy support provided by the Canadian province of Ontario, the global trade arbiter announced earlier today. Brussels and Tokyo had argued that the feed-in-tariff (FIT) system - put in place in 2009 - violates WTO rules...
19 December 2012
The US Commerce Department has determined final anti-dumping and countervailing duties on wind tower imports from China, as well as anti-dumping duties for the same products from Vietnam, the government agency announced on Tuesday. The news is the latest development in a long-running series of...
19 December 2012
Concerns over the impending US fiscal cliff, questions over the future of US agricultural policy, and what level of engagement Washington will have in multilateral trade negotiations were among the various topics raised yesterday as WTO members began their two-day biennial review of US trade...
19 December 2012
The EU and Singapore have completed final negotiations for a bilateral trade deal, which includes language aimed at promoting "green growth," the two sides announced on 16 December. The draft agreement is the EU's first to include such a clause, which is part of the bloc's "2020 strategy" for...
19 December 2012
Mexico has dropped its dispute panel request from its WTO complaint against Argentine import policies, after the two countries resolved a separate spat over automobile trade. Buenos Aires is set to face a new WTO challenge, however, after Panama decided to file its own case against Argentina at the...
19 December 2012
In a high-profile decision on Tuesday, members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed to convene a diplomatic conference to negotiate a treaty aimed at improving access to copyrighted material for the visually impaired and print disabled. The decision to convene the...
19 December 2012
The race to replace WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy when he steps down next August is now well underway, with three candidates having been formally presented to the global trade body in the past week. Additional nominations are expected by the end of the one-month nominating period, which closes...
19 December 2012
Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) made some progress last week on the draft text of a treaty on industrial design formalities. However, developed and developing country members of the WIPO trademark body found themselves at odds over proposals concerning technical...
19 December 2012
The fisheries committee of the European Parliament approved on 18 December a package of measures set to reform the Common Fishery Policy (CFP). Environmental organisations welcomed the move, which they said would steer the CFP towards sustainability, both in terms of fish stocks and the livelihoods...
19 December 2012
The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme (MDP) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is seeking students interested in gaining professional experience in a multicultural environment and enhancing their understanding of the United Nations system. The duration of the...
19 December 2012
Coming soon 17-19 January, Colombo, Sri Lanka. SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA FOR SOUTH ASIA. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia (ESCAP), and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) regional...
19 December 2012
CAPITALIZING ON THE CHINA CYCLE: TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR LATIN AMERICA. By Kevin P. Gallagher for the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. (December 2012). This policy brief reviews the prospects for economic growth in Latin America in the event of a slowdown in Chinese...