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The WTO last week made public a final panel ruling upholding a complaint filed by Ecuador against the EU's discriminatory tariff treatment of imported bananas. The Bureau of National Affairs notes that the panel agreed with Ecuador that the EU violated WTO rules by granting former European colonies in the African, Caribbean and Pacific group more favorable duties on their banana imports than those from Ecuador and most other WTO members. In a statement issued through its mission in Geneva, Ecuador noted that the panel's ruling represented the seventh time the WTO has sided against the EU in disputes concerning its banana import regime. The panel's final ruling was first circulated to Ecuador and the EU on a confidential basis Dec. 10. The EU now has 60 days to decide whether to file an appeal. Michael Mann, spokesman for EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel, said the EU is "considering an appeal" of the panel report.
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Date:Apr 14, 2008
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