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EU requests WTO panel with Russia over vehicle exports

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The EU has today requested a dispute settlement panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to rule on the legality of the so-called ‘recycling fee’ which Russia imposes on imported vehicles.

The EU has today requested a dispute settlement panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to rule on the legality of the so-called ‘recycling fee’ which Russia imposes on imported vehicles. This is the next step under WTO litigation procedures, after the EU has held formal consultations with Russia in July this year. The fee, which the EU considers discriminatory towards imports, has a severe impact on EU vehicle exports to Russia, worth €10 billion a year. The EU has repeatedly raised the issue in bilateral talks with Russia, and then in formal WTO consultations. However, more than a year after the fee was introduced, the discrimination continues.

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