Europe seeks WTO ruling on sanctions
The European Union has requested World Trade Organisation (WTO) arbitration on the level of sanctions demanded by the USA and Canada over the EU ban on hormone-treated beef.
The USA is seeking WTO authorisation to impose $202 million (£125m) in retaliatory tariffs, while Canada has put the damage to its beef exporters at $51m (£32m).
Sir Leon Brittan, EU trade commissioner, said the figures were “grossly excessive”. He says a figure of between $50m and $100m is more realistic.
The WTO ruled last year the EU ban on beef treated with growth hormones was not justified by adequate scientific evidence. Brussels has refused to lift the ban, saying new studies show a possible cancer risk.
- WTO approves hormone beef sanctions, FWi, yesterday (03 June, 1999)
- Canada backs USA over hormone beef, FWi, 27 May, 1999
- WTO to discuss hormone beef, FWi, 24 May, 1999
- USA and EU start beef talks, FWi, 21 May, 1999
- USA hits back over hormone beef, FWi, 20 May, 1999
- Europe to challenge USA over beef, FWi, 18 May, 1999
- Financial Times 04/06/06/99 page 7
- The Scotsman 04/06/99 page 28