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(3) It should be common practice to obtain the explicit consent of the companies concerned of the exporting Member before the visit is definitively scheduled. The WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures regulates the use of subsidies and regulates the measures that countries can take to counteract the effects of subsidies. Under the agreement, a country can use the WTO dispute settlement mechanism to request the withdrawal of the subsidy or the elimination of its negative effects. Or the country may initiate its own investigation and ultimately impose additional duties (countervailing duty) on subsidised imports that are injurious to domestic producers. (4) As soon as the agreement of the companies concerned has been obtained, the investigating authorities should inform the authorities of the executing member of the names and addresses of the companies to be visited and of the agreed dates. 7.9 If, within six months of the date on which the credit rating agency adopts the panel report or the Appellate Body report, the Member has not taken appropriate measures to eliminate the adverse effects of the subsidy or withdraw the subsidy, and the procedural body has not reached an agreement on compensation, the dispute settlement body authorizes the complaining member to: take countermeasures; are proportionate to the extent and nature of the adverse effects found, unless the dispute settlement body decides by mutual agreement to reject the request. 6. When determining the overall subsidy rate in a given year, grants awarded under different programmes and by different authorities in the territory of a Member shall be aggregated. . (a) the provision of direct subsidies by governments to an enterprise or industry dependent on export performance. 8. Requests for information or questions posed by the authorities or businesses of members of the executive that are essential to the success of an on-the-spot investigation should, if possible, be answered before the visit.

(d) direct debt relief, i.e. sovereign debt cancellation, and grants to cover debt repayment. (16) (4.5) At the time of its establishment, the panel may request the assistance of the permanent expert group(7) (hereinafter referred to as the EMP) in this Agreement where the measure in question constitutes a prohibited subsidy. Upon request, the EMP shall immediately examine the evidence of the existence and nature of the measure concerned and shall give the Member requesting or maintaining the measure an opportunity to demonstrate that the measure in question is not a prohibited subsidy. The EGP shall communicate its findings to the panel within a time limit set by the panel. The EL`s conclusions on whether or not the measure in question constitutes a prohibited subsidy are accepted as such by the Panel. (ii) the region is considered to be disadvantaged on the basis of neutral and objective criteria(32), indicating that the region`s difficulties are not limited to temporary circumstances; these criteria must be clearly defined in legislation, regulations or other official documents so that they can be verified; 27.9 With respect to countervailable subsidies granted or maintained by developing countries other than those referred to in Article 6(1), measures under Article 7 may be authorized or maintained only if it is established that tariff concessions or other obligations under GATT 1994 are cancelled or affected as a result of such subsidy. so as to crowd out or impede imports of a like product from another Member into the market of the subsidizing developing country, unless injury is caused to a domestic industry in the market of an importing Member. 4.12 For the purposes of disputes conducted under this Article, with the exception of the time limits expressly set out in this Article, the time limits applicable under the DSU for the conduct of such disputes shall be half the time prescribed therein. (c) the subsidy is significantly price undercut by the subsidized product relative to the price of a like product of another Member on the same market or a significant suppression of prices, price pressure or loss of turnover in the same market;; 26.1 The Committee shall consider new and complete notifications submitted in accordance with Article XVI,paragraph 1, of the GATT 1994 and Article 25(1) of this Agreement at extraordinary meetings held every three years.

Notifications (updated notifications) submitted in the intervening years are considered at each regular meeting of the Committee. (a) the subsidy has the effect of crowding out or impeding imports of a like product from another Member into the subsidizing Member`s market; 29.4 In exceptional circumstances, the Committee may grant exemptions from its notified programmes and measures and their timetable to the members referred to in paragraph 1 if such derogations are deemed necessary for the conversion process. These disciplines are enforceable through the WTO`s Binding Dispute Settlement, which sets strict deadlines for the consistency of a counterfeit practice with the relevant obligation. In such circumstances, remedies may include the withdrawal or modification of a subsidy or the elimination of the adverse effects of a subsidy. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures contains rules on the use of state subsidies and on the application of remedies against subsidized trade that has injurious trade effects. Such remedies may be pursued in WTO dispute settlement proceedings or in the context of a countervailing duty investigation that may be conducted unilaterally by any WTO member government. 1.1 For the purposes of this Agreement, a subsidy shall be granted if: (i) remission or drawback of import duties58 in excess of the charges levied on imported inputs consumed in the manufacture of the exported product (with normal consideration of waste); provided, however, that, in certain cases, an undertaking may use on the internal market a quantity of inputs equivalent to the imported inputs and of the same quality and characteristics, in place of the latter, in order to benefit from this provision, provided that the corresponding import and export operations take place within a reasonable time; not more than two years. This item shall be interpreted as an export subsidy in accordance with the guidelines for the consumption of inputs in the production process set out in Annex II and the guidelines for the determination of substitution drawback schemes set out in Annex III. Consistent with the objectives of U.S. law, WTO subsidy notifications play an important role in the U.S.

government`s monitoring and enforcement efforts to protect U.S. rights and benefits under the Subsidy Agreement. The notification of a subsidy programme shall be without prejudice to its prohibition or challenge under the Agreement. (a) support for research activities carried out by undertakings or higher education or research institutions on a contractual basis with undertakings where(24), (25), (26)the support does not cover more than 75 % of the costs of industrial research(28) or 50 % of the costs of pre-competitive development activities(29), (30)(27); and provided that such assistance was limited only: in accordance with Article 27(4) of the Agreement, developing countries subject to the eight-year transitional period for the elimination of export subsidies had the possibility to request an extension of this transitional period by 31 December 2001 at the latest. Members making use of this mechanism shall submit annual notifications of the programmes concerned. The first notifications were distributed in the G/SCM/N/71/ series and the updates for 2003 can be found in the G/SCM/N/99/ series. Questions and answers about these messages can be found in the G/SCM/Q3/ series. Explanation of Member States` notifications under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures 27.7 Article 4 shall not apply to a developing country that is a member in the case of export subsidies that are consistent with paragraphs 2 to 5. . .