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EU/NORWAY/WTO : COMMISSION CLAIMS VICTORY IN NORWAY SALMON DISPUTE.

The EU claimed victory at the World Trade Organisation in its dispute with Norway over salmon imports, on 15 January in Geneva. The European Commission stated that the panel report adopted by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on Norway's complaint against the EU's anti-dumping measures on salmon vindicated its position. Although the report condemned the EU on several technical issues, it did not call into question the legality of the EU's trade defence measures adopted against import of farmed Norwegian salmons, argued the Commission. However, Oslo interpreted the ruling in a different way and repeated that the EU's anti-dumping measures should be lifted.

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson welcomed the report. "It should hopefully mark the end of this dispute. The EU will proceed to implement the relevant technical parts of the panel report and will inform the WTO accordingly. Norway's request to remove these anti-dumping measures was the key issue in the dispute and thus vindicates the EU's position," said Mandelson. He confirmed that the minimum import price that the Commission had put in place in January 2006 as a trade defence measure would not be removed in the short term. This minimum import price works as a "safety net against unfair pricing," says the Commission.

Following protests from Oslo and consultations between the two parties, on 29 May 2006 Norway requested the establishment of a WTO panel to test the legality of the duties. The dispute is likely to continue now at a bilateral level. On 21 April 2007, a partial interim review of the existing anti-dumping measures on imports of farmed salmon originating in Norway was initiated at the request of five EU member states. This partial interim review is ongoing and must be completed by 21 July 2008.

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