|European Communities - Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas - Recourse by Ecuador to Article 22.2 of the DSU|
9 November 1999
EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - REGIME FOR THE IMPORTATION,
SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF BANANAS
Recourse by Ecuador to Article 22.2 of the DSU
The following communication, dated 8 November 1999, from the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the Chairman of the Dispute Settlement Body, is circulated pursuant to Article 22.2 of the DSU.
Request for authorization of suspension of concessions or other obligations
Pursuant to Article 22:2 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU), and having regard to the content of paragraph 3(c) of that Article, Ecuador requests authorization from the DSB to suspend the application to the European Communities (EC), and member States thereof, of concessions or other related obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT), the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and annexes thereto.
Ecuador's aim through this suspension is the practicable or effective withdrawal of concessions so as to match the level of nullification or impairment of benefits accruing to Ecuador, amounting to a value of US$450 million, as a result of the EC's failure, as from 1 January 1999, to bring its regime for the import, sale and distribution of bananas into conformity with the GATT and the GATS, or otherwise comply with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in European Communities - Regime for the import, sale and di
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