EU asks WTO to settle row with Russia on vehicle imports
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union on Thursday asked the World Trade Organization to set up a settlement panel to rule on a disputed "recycling fee" Russia imposes on imported vehicles.
The request is the latest step in the row under WTO procedures after the 28-nation bloc launched formal consultations with Russia in July, the first such challenge to Moscow since it joined the world trade body last year.
"We've used all the possible avenues to find with Russia a mutually acceptable solution", said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.
The EU says the fee, introduced days after Russia joined the WTO, is discriminatory because domestic vehicles are exempted as are those imported from Kazakhstan and Belarus which are in a customs union with Moscow.