Answer – Anti-dumping measures on biodiesel from Argentina – E-008583/2016

The Commission will comply with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling and recommendations in the dispute on anti-dumping measures on biodiesel from Argentina (DS473), and has asked for a reasonable implementation period, pursuant to Article 21.3 of the WTO Understanding on rules and procedures on the settlement of disputes. On 9 December 2016, Argentina and the EU agreed on a reasonable implementation period which will expire on 10 August 2017.

As a first step, the Commission will publish a notice to review the anti-dumping measures on biodiesel imports from Argentina. This is the usual way to proceed when implementing WTO rulings on antidumping measures. Depending on the review, the anti-dumping measures may be repealed or amended.

The Commission is aware of the challenges Argentina faces, and welcomes the positive steps taken, such as the removal of exchange controls and the elimination or reduction of export taxes. The Commission is encouraged by Argentina’s interest in re-engaging with key partners, including the EU. The hosting of the WTO 11th Ministerial Conference in 2017, bears witness to Argentina’s avowed commitment to reintegrate in the world economy and contribute to global governance.

The Commission is committed to strengthening bilateral dialogue on trade with Argentina, and wishes to inform the Honourable Members of a recent and constructive EU-Argentina trade meeting in November 2016, the first technical meeting on trade matters since 2010. The meeting allowed for fruitful discussions on all aspects of bilateral trade relations, paving the ground for further work, as well as the upcoming EU-Argentina Joint Committee, to take place in March 2017.

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