03 June 1999
WTO to decide on sanctions

WORLD Trade Organisation arbitrators are due to convene a meeting in Geneva to decide on the level of sanctions against the European Union EU for failing to lift its ban on hormone-treated beef imports from the USA.

The US claim is for just over $200 million (£124m), but the EU estimates the damage to US producers is less than $100m.

The ban has been declared unlawful, but the EU is continuing to block access to its markets.