WTO Ruling on Ontario’s Green Energy Act Local Content Provisions

Although the official World Trade Organization decision is not scheduled until the end of November, a leaked confidential interim decision indicates that the decision has gone against Ontario. An October 15th report in the Globe and Mail is based on a report by the Geneva-based International Centre on Trade and Sustainable Development, which states that the a three-member WTO panel has sided with the EU and Japan in their claim that Ontario’s local content provisions violate the WTO’s non-discrimination principle enshrined in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMS). Unions and environmental groups are calling for the federal and Ontario governments to appeal the decision in order to protect the fledgling green manufacturing industry in Ontario and the cause of sustainable development.

LINKS:

 

“Ontario loses WTO ruling on green energy policies: reports”, by Robert Blackwell in the Globe and Mail, October 15

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/ontario-loses-wto-ruling-on-green-energy-policies-reports/article4614805/?cmpid=rss1

 

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development report is at http://ictsd.org/i/trade-and-sustainable-development-agenda/147275/

 

Unions and environmental groups denounce preliminary WTO ruling against Ontario renewable energy policy by Stewart Trew at the Rabble.ca website at http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/council-canadians/2012/10/unions-and-environmental-groups-denounce-preliminary-wto-ru

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