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Council for Trade in Goods - Committee on Safeguards - Request under article 13.1(e) of the Agreement on Safeguards - Request from the European Union concerning Turkey's proposed suspension of concessions or other obligations - European Union
日期:2020/06/23
作者: European Union
文件編號:G/L/1360, G/SG/246
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REQUEST UNDER ARTICLE 13.1(E) OF THE AGREEMENT ON SAFEGUARDS

Request from the European Union Concerning
Turkey's proposed Suspension of Concessions or Other Obligations

European Union

The following communication, dated 23 June 2020, is being circulated at the request of the delegation of the European Union.

 

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Without prejudice to the rights or obligations under the WTO covered agreements and pursuant to Article 13.1(e) of the Agreement on Safeguards, the European Union hereby requests the Committee on Safeguards to review whether Turkey's proposal to suspend concessions or other obligations is "substantially equivalent" and to report as appropriate to the Council for Trade in Goods.

1  Background

On 19 July 2018 the European Union introduced provisional safeguard measures on imports of certain steel products by means of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1013. On 1 February 2019, the European Union published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/159 of 31 January 2019 imposing definitive safeguard measures against imports of certain steel products. The definitive measures have been effective since 2 February 2019 and are scheduled to apply until 30 June 2021. The EU notified to the WTO the imposition of both the provisional and definitive measures respectively in documents _G/SG/N/7/EU/1 - _G/SG/N/11/EU/1_G/SG/N/11/EU/1/Suppl.2 dated 16 July 2018 and _G/SG/N/8/EU/1/Suppl.1 - _G/SG/N/10/EU/1/Suppl.1 - _G/SG/N/11/EU/1/Suppl.2 dated 7 February 2019. In these notifications, the EU provided information on the existence of an absolute increase in imports.

On 17 May 2019, the EU initiated a review investigation of the safeguard measures.[1] Based on the findings of this review, the EU amended the safeguard measures as of 1 October 2019.[2]

On 14 February 2020, the EU initiated a review investigation of the safeguard measures.[3] Based on the findings of this review, the proposed date for the entry into force of the adjustments to the measures is 1 July 2020.[4]



[1] Notified to the WTO in document _G/SG/N/10/EU/1/Suppl.2, dated 20 May 2019 and circulated 21 May 2019.

[2] Notified to the WTO in documents _G/SG/N/10/EU/1/Suppl.3 - _G/SG/N/11/EU/1/Suppl.3 dated 12 August 2019 and circulated 15 August 2019, and _G/SG/N/10/EU/1/Suppl.4 - _G/SG/N/11/EU/1/Suppl.4 dated 1 October 2019 and circulated 2 October 2019.

[3] Notified to the WTO in document _G/SG/N/10/EU/1/Suppl.6, dated and circulated 22 January 2020.

[4] Notified to the WTO in document _G/SG/N/10/EU/1/Suppl.7, dated 29 May 2020 and circulated 2 June 2020.