ARGENTINA has launched the first stage of disputes proceedings at the World Trade Organisation in a case against the European Union, which it accuses of breaking WTO rules by using its wine-making regulations to block imports of certain Argentine wines. Notably, Buenos Aires says that the EU Regulation EC/1493/1999 includes requirements on oenological practices that are "more trade restrictive than they should and could be." The Argentines have also accused the EU of trade discrimination by signing bilateral treaties with other WTO member ...

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