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Norway has become the second WTO member to ratify the amended version of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) that was adopted on 30 March 2012. H.E. Mr. Harald Neple, Ambassador of Norway to the WTO, handed the formal document of Norway’s acceptance to the Chairperson of the Committee on Government Procurement, Mr. Bruce Christie.

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Norway and Canada have today requested the WTO to appoint the members of the dispute settlement panel established to consider whether the EU legislation on trade in seal products is consistent with its obligations under WTO rules.

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The fourth review of China’s trade policies and practices took place on 12 and 14 June 2012 in WTO, Geneva. In its statement, Norway commended China’s resistance to undertake protectionist measures and its work towards strengthening the multilateral negotiations. Norway also mentioned some areas of special interest and concern where we would like to see improvements. The statement was read by t...

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On 13 March Ukraine requested consultations with Australia regarding the 2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Act and related regulations, requiring plain packaging on tobacco in an effort to address the severe public health problem related to its use. Ukraine argues that Australia’s law violates the 1994 WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), as well as the...

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All WTO Members are subject to a peer review of their trade policies at regular intervals in the Trade Policy Review Body (TPRB). The Norwegian delegation participated in the ninth trade policy review of the EC on 6 and 8 April 2009. Deputy Permanent Representative Henning Stirø made the following statement:

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The Rules Committees is a common expression for the Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices, the Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and the Committee on Safeguards. All three committees oversee that the members respect the obligations they have undertaken under the respective rules agreements (on Antidumping, Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and Safeguards).

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On 4 April Honduras requested consultations with Australia regarding the 2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Act and related regulations, requiring plain packaging on tobacco in an effort to address the severe public health problem related to its use (DS435). Honduras argues that Australia’s law violates the 1994 WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), as well a...

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From the left: Ambassador Elin Østebø Johansen, Yuajiao Zhang, Chairperson of the Apellate Body and Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director General WTO.

On 13 March 2012 Norway’s permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Chair of the General Council, ambassador Elin Østebø Johansen, gave a presentation on the WTO Dispute Settlement Body Developments in 2011. The presentation was held at the Fifth Annual Update on WTO Dispute settlement, hosted by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

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On  14 April 2009 the WTO Trade Policy Review Body met to a second informal discussion on the  current financial and economic crisis and trade-related developments. Norway's  Deputy Permanent Representative Henning Stirø made the following observations at the meeting.

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