WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft, 35495-35496 [05-12023]

Download as PDF 35495 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 117 / Monday, June 20, 2005 / Notices HTS Subheading 7013.39.30 7013.99.10 7013.99.80 8213.00.90 9612.10.90 9911.69.10 Base Rate 11.3% 15% 11.3% 3¢ each + 3% 7.9% 25% 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 9.8% 13.1% 9.8% 2.6¢ each + 2.6% 5.9% 22.5% 8.4% 11.2% 8.4% 2.2¢ each + 2.2% 3.9% 20% 7% 9.3% 7% 1.8¢ each + 1.8% 1.9% 17.5% 5.6% 7.5% 5.6% 1.5¢ each + 1.5% Free 15% 4.2% 5.6% 4.2% 1.1¢ each + 1.1% Free 12.5% 2.8% 3.7% 2.8% 0.7¢ each + 0.7% Free 10% 1.4% 1.8% 1.4% 0.3¢ each + 0.3% Free 7.5% [FR Doc. 05–12092 Filed 6–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W5–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. WTO/DS317] WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States—Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (‘‘USTR’’) is providing notice of the request by the European Communities (‘‘EC’’) for the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (‘‘WTO Agreement’’) to examine certain U.S. measures affecting trade in large civil aircraft (‘‘LCA’’). The request for the establishment of a panel alleges that such measures are inconsistent with various provisions of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (‘‘SCM Agreement’’) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (‘‘GATT 1994’’). USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute. DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments received during the course of the dispute settlement proceedings, comments should be submitted on or before July 22, 2005 to be assured of timely consideration by USTR. ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to FR0506@ustr.eop.gov, with ’’United States—Aircraft (DS317)’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–3640, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the e-mail address above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Willis S. Martyn III, Associate General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395– 3581; or Jonathan S. Kallmer, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th VerDate jul<14>2003 18:04 Jun 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395–3150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 127(b) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (‘‘URAA’’ ) (19 U.S.C. 3537(b)) requires that notice and opportunity for comment be provided after the United States submits or receives a request for the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel. Consistent with this obligation, USTR is providing notice that the establishment of a panel has been requested pursuant to the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (‘‘DSU’’). The EC’s request for the establishment of a panel may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/ DS317/2. If a panel is established, such panel, which would hold its meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, would be expected to issue a report on its findings and recommendations within six to nine months after it is established. Major Issues Raised and Legal Basis of the Complaint On October 6, 2004, the EC requested consultations with the United States with respect to certain U.S. measures affecting trade in LCA. Consultations were held on November 5, 2004. On May 31, 2005, the EC requested the establishment of a panel pursuant to Article 6 of the DSU, Article XXIII:2 of the GATT 1994, and Articles 4, 7, and 30 of the SCM Agreement with respect to such measures. In its request, the EC alleges that such measures are inconsistent with Articles 3.1(a), 3.1(b), 3.2, 5(a), 5(c), 6.3(a), 6.3(b), and 6.3(c) of the SCM Agreement and Article III:4 of the GATT 1994. In particular, the EC claims that WTO-inconsistent subsidies were provided to the U.S. LCA industry by: 1. State and local governments in the States of Washington, Kansas, and Illinois through financial incentives such as tax advantages, bond financing, lease arrangements, corporate headquarters relocation assistance, research funding, infrastructure measures, and other measures; 2. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (‘‘NASA’’), Department of Defense (‘‘DoD’’), and PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2011 2012 2013 Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free. Free. Free. Free. Free 5% Free 2.5% Free. Free. Department of Commerce (‘‘DOC’’) through research and development (‘‘R&D’’) contracts, allowances, and other programs; 3. NASA, DoD, and DOC through the waiver of patent rights, the protection of trade secrets, and the granting of exclusive rights to data; 4. NASA and DoD through the procurement of goods on better than commercial terms; 5. NASA and DoD through the provision of personnel and research, test, and evaluation facilities support on a non-commercial basis; 6. The Department of Labor through a grant of funds to Edmonds Community College in the State of Washington; and 7. The U.S. Government through the Federal tax system, specifically through the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, among other measures. Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning the issues raised in the EC s request for the establishment of a panel. Persons submitting comments may either send one copy by fax to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–3640, or transmit a copy electronically to FR0506@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘United States—Aircraft (DS317)’’ in the subject line. For documents sent by fax, USTR requests that the submitter provide a confirmation copy electronically. USTR encourages the submission of documents in Adobe PDF format, as attachments to an electronic mail. Interested persons who make submissions by electronic mail should not provide separate cover letters; information that might appear in a cover letter should be included in the submission itself. Similarly, to the extent possible, any attachments to the submission should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. Comments must be in English. A person requesting that information contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as confidential business information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1 35496 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 117 / Monday, June 20, 2005 / Notices submitter. Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such and the submission must be marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page of the submission. Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information or advice may qualify as such, the submitter— (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice; (2) Must clearly mark the material as ‘‘SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page of the submission; and (3) Is encouraged to provide a nonconfidential summary of the information or advice. Pursuant to section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR will maintain a file on this dispute settlement proceeding, accessible to the public, in the USTR Reading Room, which is located at 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The public file will include non-confidential comments received by USTR from the public with respect to the dispute; the U.S. submissions to the panel in the dispute, the submissions, or non-confidential summaries of submissions, to the panel received from other participants in the dispute, as well as the report of the panel; and, if applicable, the report of the Appellate Body. An appointment to review the public file may be made by calling the USTR Reading Room at (202) 395–6186. The USTR Reading Room is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Daniel E. Brinza, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and Enforcement. [FR Doc. 05–12023 Filed 6–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W5–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. WTO/DS316] WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding European Communities and Certain Member States—Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: VerDate jul<14>2003 17:24 Jun 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (‘‘USTR’’) is providing notice that on May 31, 2005, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (‘‘WTO Agreement’’), the United States requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel to examine certain measures of the European Communities (‘‘EC’’) and of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Spain (‘‘member States’’ affecting trade in large civil aircraft (‘‘LCA’’). The request alleges that such measures are inconsistent with various provisions of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (‘‘SCM Agreement’’) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (‘‘GATT 1994’’). USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute. DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments received during the course of the dispute settlement proceedings, comments should be submitted on or before July 22, 2005 to be assured of timely consideration by USTR. ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to FR0505@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘European Communities and Certain Member States—Aircraft (DS316)’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–3640, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the e-mail address above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David J. Ross, Associate General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395– 3581; or William D. Hunter, Associate General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395–3582. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 127(b) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (‘‘URAA’’) (19 U.S.C. 3537(b)) requires that notice and opportunity for comment be provided after the United States submits or receives a request for the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel. Consistent with this obligation, USTR is providing notice that the establishment of a panel has been requested pursuant to the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (‘‘DSU’’). The U.S. request for the establishment of a panel may be found at www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS316/2. If a panel is established, such panel, which would hold its meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, would be PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 expected to issue a report on its findings and recommendations within six to nine months after it is established. Major Issues Raised and Legal Basis of the Complaint On October 6, 2004, the United States requested consultations with the EC and the Governments of the member States with respect to certain measures of the EC and the member States affecting trade in LCA. Consultations were held on November 4, 2004. On May 31, 2005, the United States requested the establishment of a panel pursuant to Article 6 of the DSU, Article XXIII:2 of the GATT 1994, and Articles 4, 7, and 30 of the SCM Agreement with respect to such measures. In its request, the United States alleges that such measures are inconsistent with Articles 3.1(a), 3.2, 5(a), 5(c), 6.3(a), 6.3(b), and 6.3(c) of the SCM Agreement and Article XVI:1 of the GATT 1994. In particular, the measures that the United States claims are WTO-inconsistent subsidies include: 1. The provision by the member States of financing for LCA design and development to the Airbus companies on non-commercial terms, such as financing with no interest rates, belowmarket interest rates, or repayment obligations tied to sales (‘‘launch aid’’); 2. The provision by the EC and the member States, through the European Investment Bank, of financing to the Airbus companies for LCA design, development, and other purposes; 3. The provision by the EC and the member States of financial contributions to develop, expand, and upgrade facilities and other infrastructure for the Airbus companies; 4. The assumption and forgiveness by the EC and the member States of debt resulting from launch aid and other financing for LCA development and production; 5. The provision by the EC and the member States to the Airbus companies of equity infusions and grants, including through government-owned and government-controlled banks; 6. The provision by the EC and the member States of financial contributions for aeronautics-related research, development, and demonstration undertaken by Airbus or to the benefit of Airbus; and 7. Any other measures that involve a financial contribution by the EC or any of the member States that benefit the Airbus companies. Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. WTO/DS317]


WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States--
Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative 
(``USTR'') is providing notice of the request by the European 
Communities (``EC'') for the establishment of a dispute settlement 
panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade 
Organization (``WTO Agreement'') to examine certain U.S. measures 
affecting trade in large civil aircraft (``LCA''). The request for the 
establishment of a panel alleges that such measures are inconsistent 
with various provisions of the Agreement on Subsidies and 
Countervailing Measures (``SCM Agreement'') and the General Agreement 
on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (``GATT 1994''). USTR invites written 
comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.

DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments received during the 
course of the dispute settlement proceedings, comments should be 
submitted on or before July 22, 2005 to be assured of timely 
consideration by USTR.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to 
FR0506@ustr.eop.gov, with ''United States--Aircraft (DS317)'' in the 
subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-3640, with 
a confirmation copy sent electronically to the e-mail address above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Willis S. Martyn III, Associate 
General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 
17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395-3581; or Jonathan S. 
Kallmer, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395-
3150.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 127(b) of the Uruguay Round 
Agreements Act (``URAA'' ) (19 U.S.C. 3537(b)) requires that notice and 
opportunity for comment be provided after the United States submits or 
receives a request for the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement 
panel. Consistent with this obligation, USTR is providing notice that 
the establishment of a panel has been requested pursuant to the 
Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of 
Disputes (``DSU''). The EC's request for the establishment of a panel 
may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated 
as WT/DS317/2. If a panel is established, such panel, which would hold 
its meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, would be expected to issue a 
report on its findings and recommendations within six to nine months 
after it is established.

Major Issues Raised and Legal Basis of the Complaint

    On October 6, 2004, the EC requested consultations with the United 
States with respect to certain U.S. measures affecting trade in LCA. 
Consultations were held on November 5, 2004.
    On May 31, 2005, the EC requested the establishment of a panel 
pursuant to Article 6 of the DSU, Article XXIII:2 of the GATT 1994, and 
Articles 4, 7, and 30 of the SCM Agreement with respect to such 
measures. In its request, the EC alleges that such measures are 
inconsistent with Articles 3.1(a), 3.1(b), 3.2, 5(a), 5(c), 6.3(a), 
6.3(b), and 6.3(c) of the SCM Agreement and Article III:4 of the GATT 
1994. In particular, the EC claims that WTO-inconsistent subsidies were 
provided to the U.S. LCA industry by:
    1. State and local governments in the States of Washington, Kansas, 
and Illinois through financial incentives such as tax advantages, bond 
financing, lease arrangements, corporate headquarters relocation 
assistance, research funding, infrastructure measures, and other 
measures;
    2. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (``NASA''), 
Department of Defense (``DoD''), and Department of Commerce (``DOC'') 
through research and development (``R&D'') contracts, allowances, and 
other programs;
    3. NASA, DoD, and DOC through the waiver of patent rights, the 
protection of trade secrets, and the granting of exclusive rights to 
data;
    4. NASA and DoD through the procurement of goods on better than 
commercial terms;
    5. NASA and DoD through the provision of personnel and research, 
test, and evaluation facilities support on a non-commercial basis;
    6. The Department of Labor through a grant of funds to Edmonds 
Community College in the State of Washington; and
    7. The U.S. Government through the Federal tax system, specifically 
through the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, among other measures.

Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning the issues raised in the EC s request for the establishment 
of a panel. Persons submitting comments may either send one copy by fax 
to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-3640, or transmit a copy electronically 
to FR0506@ustr.eop.gov, with ``United States--Aircraft (DS317)'' in the 
subject line. For documents sent by fax, USTR requests that the 
submitter provide a confirmation copy electronically. USTR encourages 
the submission of documents in Adobe PDF format, as attachments to an 
electronic mail. Interested persons who make submissions by electronic 
mail should not provide separate cover letters; information that might 
appear in a cover letter should be included in the submission itself. 
Similarly, to the extent possible, any attachments to the submission 
should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not 
as separate files.
    Comments must be in English. A person requesting that information 
contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as 
confidential business information must certify that such information is 
business confidential and would not customarily be released to the 
public by the

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submitter. Confidential business information must be clearly designated 
as such and the submission must be marked ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at 
the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page of the 
submission.
    Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than 
business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be 
confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 
1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information 
or advice may qualify as such, the submitter--
    (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice;
    (2) Must clearly mark the material as ``SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE'' 
at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page of the 
submission; and
    (3) Is encouraged to provide a non-confidential summary of the 
information or advice.
    Pursuant to section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR 
will maintain a file on this dispute settlement proceeding, accessible 
to the public, in the USTR Reading Room, which is located at 1724 F 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The public file will include non-
confidential comments received by USTR from the public with respect to 
the dispute; the U.S. submissions to the panel in the dispute, the 
submissions, or non-confidential summaries of submissions, to the panel 
received from other participants in the dispute, as well as the report 
of the panel; and, if applicable, the report of the Appellate Body. An 
appointment to review the public file may be made by calling the USTR 
Reading Room at (202) 395-6186. The USTR Reading Room is open to the 
public from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through 
Friday.

Daniel E. Brinza,
Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and 
Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 05-12023 Filed 6-17-05; 8:45 am]
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