WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding European Communities and Certain Member States-Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft, 35496-35497 [05-12024]

Download as PDF 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 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 117 / Monday, June 20, 2005 / Notices the issues raised in the United States 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 FR0505@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘European Communities and Certain Member States—Aircraft (DS316)’’ 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 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, VerDate jul<14>2003 17:24 Jun 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 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. 05–12024 Filed 6–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W5–P Dated: June 13, 2005. Martha Curry, Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. [FR Doc. 05–12046 Filed 6–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–M DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Open Meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Multilingual Initiative (MLI) Issue Committee Will Be Conducted (Via Teleconference) Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. AGENCY: ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Open Meeting of the Area 1 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (Including the States of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine) 35497 Notice. SUMMARY: An open meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Multilingual Initiative (MLI) Issue Committee will be conducted (via teleconference). The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is soliciting public comments, ideas, and suggestions on improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service. AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice. DATES: SUMMARY: An open meeting of the Area 1 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel will be conducted (via teleconference). The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is soliciting public comments, ideas and suggestions on improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service. DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marisa Knispel at 1–888–912–1227 (tollfree), or 718–488–3557 (non toll-free). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An open meeting of the Area 1 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2005 from 3 p.m. et to 4 p.m. et via a telephone conference call. Individual comments will be limited to 5 minutes. If you would like to have the TAP consider a written statement, please call 1–888–912–1227 or 718–488–3557, or write Marisa Knispel, TAP Office, 10 MetroTech Center, 625 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Due to limited conference lines, notification of intent to participate in the telephone conference call meeting must be made with Marisa Knispel. Ms. Knispel can be reached at 1–888–912– 1227 or 718–488–3557, or post comments to the Web site: http:// www.improveirs.org. The agenda will include various IRS issues. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2005 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. Inez E. De Jesus at 1–888–912–1227, or 954– 423–7977 Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 10 (a) (2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (1988) that an open meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Multilingual Initiative Issue Committee will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2005 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET via a telephone conference call. If you would like to have the TAP consider a written statement, please call 1–888– 912–1227 or 954–423–7977, or write Inez E. De Jesus, TAP Office, 1000 South Pine Island Rd., Suite 340, Plantation, FL 33324. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 117 (Monday, June 20, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35496-35497]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-12024]


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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

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 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[rdquo)] 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 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, below-market 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

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the issues raised in the United States 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 
FR0505@ustr.eop.gov, with ``European Communities and Certain Member 
States--Aircraft (DS316)'' 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 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. 05-12024 Filed 6-17-05; 8:45 am]
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