Registration begins for public observation of appeal in Airbus dispute

Wednesday 10, November 2010


Registration begins for public observation of appeal in Airbus dispute


At the request of the participants (the European Union and the United States) in the dispute “European Communities and Certain Member States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft” (WT/DS316/R), the Division hearing the appeal has decided to authorize public observation of the oral hearing on 18 November 2010 at the WTO.


Given the participants’ request to protect certain sensitive business information, public observation will be limited to the opening statements and will take place via delayed broadcast. The broadcast of the opening statements will take place on Thursday, 18 November at 3 p.m. Public observation of the closing statements may be authorized subject to the limitations posed by the participants’ request to protect sensitive business information. Further information on whether the closing statements will be broadcast and, if so, the date and location, will be announced in due course.


In the light of limited seating capacity, the places reserved for the public will be allocated on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of the completed registration form. Completed forms should be sent by e-mail only to the following address: Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Geneva time, on Monday, 15 November. Those to whom seats have been allocated will be advised by e-mail by Tuesday, 16 November, at which time further information regarding the hearing will be provided. Those attending will need to present a valid passport to access the viewing room. Please note that no audio/video recording will be permitted. Portable phones will need to be switched off throughout the hearing. Security checks may delay access to the viewing room.


The WTO is unable to offer any support, including financial, for accommodation, flight arrangements or visas.



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