|European Communities - Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas - Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU|
18 December 1998
EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - REGIME FOR THE IMPORTATION,
SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF BANANAS
Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU
The following communication, dated 18 December 1998, from the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the Chairman of the Dispute Settlement Body, is circulated in accordance with Article 21.5 of the DSU.
On 25 September 1997, the Dispute Settlement Body adopted the Reports of the Panel and the Appellate Body in "European Communities - Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas" (document WT/DS27/12).
Reports WT/DS27/R/ECU and WT/DS27/AB/R established the inconsistency of the European Communities' banana regime with their obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994, the General Agreement on Trade in Services and the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures.
Subsequently, on 23 December 1997, the Arbitrator appointed by the WTO Director-General to set a reasonable period of time for the implementation of the recommendations and rulings of the Panel and the Appellate Body concluded (document WT/DS27/15) that the European Communities should implement the recommendations and rulings of the Dispute Settlement Body within a period of 15 months and one week i.e. by 1 January 1999.
In July and October 1998, the European Communities adopted the following regulations which, in Ecua
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