The European Union (EU), together with its 27 member states, is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Its trade enforcement instruments are therefore disciplined by WTO law.
A number of proposed legislative changes and a recently opened Public Consultation on the Modernisation of EU Trade Defence Instruments
suggest that there may be quite a number of changes to the EU’s trade defence law and practice forthcoming. In addition, in recent years, the EU courts and even the WTO have shown an increasing willingness to rule against the EU investigating authorities’ decisions in trade defence cases.
The attached provides a short introduction to the EU’s trade enforcement mechanisms and discusses some of the expected changes to the EU’s trade defence law and practice.
An extract from The Handbook of Trade Enforcement 2012- a Global Competition Review special report – www.GlobalCompetitionReview.com.