THE EUROPEAN Union has lodged formal requests for three disputes panels to be set up to rule on steel import restrictions imposed by the USA, in the teeth of opposition from Washington, which is vigorously opposing the move.

American diplomats vetoed Brussels' bid to create the panels at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation's Disputes Settlement Body last week, (23-8), although under WTO rules they will not be able to block subsequent attempts.

The most complex case is based on an earlier WTO ruling about the imposition of ...

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