A World Trade Organization panel ruled Tuesday that the European Union continues to provide illegal subsidies to plane-maker Airbus, the latest in a string of tussles between the European manufacturer and USA rival Boeing.
The U.S. says it would slap tariffs on European goods unless the EU stopped "harming U.S. interests", but the European Commission says the U.S. had lost most of its claims and that much of the aid faulted by the WTO had expired in 2011.
A second ruling, about alleged subsidies for Boeing aircraft, is expected later this year.
The World Trade Organization final ruling Tuesday paves the way for U.S. President Donald Trump to impose retaliatory sanctions.
"Today's final ruling sends a clear message: disregard for the rules and illegal subsidies are not tolerated". "Now that the WTO has issued its final ruling, it is incumbent upon all parties to fully comply as such actions will ultimately produce the best outcomes for our customers and the mutual health of our industry". Later this year, a separate WTO compliance panel is expected to deliver its decision as to whether the US complied with the terms of a 2012 ruling against illegal USA tax subsidies that gave Boeing an unfair advantage.
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The tariffs won't likely to be imposed on planes, he said.
"This is expected to be the largest-ever WTO authorization of retaliatory tariffs", it said in a statement.
However, the Geneva watchdog dismissed USA claims that loans for Airbus's most popular models, the A320 and A330, were costing Boeing significant sales and in so doing narrowed the scope of one of the world's longest and costliest trade spats. The decision means the USA can now ask an arbitrator to determine how much it can retaliate against the European bloc for failing to comply - raising a new question about how much Washington may recover from the EU through retaliatory tariffs.
European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said that the ruling rejected "the vast majority" of claims by the United States and Boeing.
The WTO ruled that Airbus had failed to mitigate the damage to Boeing from illegal subsidies used to develop the Airbus A380 and A350 jets, according to media reports. NJ gov signs bill to skirt GOP tax law provision MORE (R-Texas) said in a statement.