Norway undertakes first formal step through WTO to resolve salmon dispute – Fishupdate.com

Norway undertakes first formal step through WTO to resolve salmon dispute Published:  20 March, 2006

THE Norwegian Government has requested consultations with the European Community pursuant to the WTO rules and procedures governing the settlement of disputes, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The request for consultations is the first formal step under the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. The consultations will be aimed at reaching a mutually satisfactory solution to the dispute over the Minimum Import Price scheme for Norwegian farmed salmon.

On 21 January 2006 the Council of the European Union adopted a Regulation imposing anti-dumping measures on imports of farmed salmon originating in Norway. The Regulation imposes a minimum import price of EUR 2.80 per kilogram for farmed salmon (whole fish, fresh, chilled or frozen) from Norway, with the exception of one producer that was not found to have engaged in dumping. The minimum price is higher for various grades of processed fresh and frozen salmon. The Government has decided to bring the EU decision before the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.

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