Chile - Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages - Request for the Establishment of a Panel by the European Communities

CHILE - TAXES ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

 

                     Request for the Establishment of a Panel by the European Communities

 

 

        The following communication, dated 9 March 1998, from the Permanent Delegation of the European Commission to the Chairman of the Dispute Settlement Body, is circulated pursuant to Article 6.2 of the DSU.

 

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        On 13 November 1997 the President of the Republic of Chile signed the Law No 19.534 modifying Article 42 of the Decree-Law no 825 of 1974 concerning the Additional Tax on Alcoholic Beverages.  Law No 19.534 was published in Chile’s Official Journal on 18 November, i.e. on the same day that the Dispute Settlement Body agreed to the request of the European Communities to establish a Panel with respect to the Additional Tax on Alcoholic Beverages (WT/DS87/5).  The Law No 19.534 provides for the application of a transitional regime until 1 December 2000.