EU seeks ruling on US sanctions law

18 February 1999

EU seeks ruling on US sanctions law

THE European Union is asking for a World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel to rule on whether sanctions threatened by the USA are legal.

The WTOs disputes settlement body is likely to hear the request at the beginning of March.

That is when the USA has threatened to impose punitive duties on European goods in retaliation for the EUs failure to comply with WTO rulings regarding banana imports.

Brussels says such sanctions would be illegal in the absence of a WTO panel decision on compliance.

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