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Some EU Energy Rules Discriminate Against Russia: WTO

Law360 (August 10, 2018, 5:03 PM EDT) -- A World Trade Organization panel has found that several of the European Union’s energy sector rules discriminate against Russian imports of natural gas, saying in a report circulated Friday that those energy regulations are inconsistent with international trade agreements.

The WTO determined that certain measures included in the EU’s so-called Third Energy Package unfairly restrict Russian natural gas imports and pipeline transport services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of 1994, while still rejecting most of Russia’s challenges to the energy regulations.

“We conclude that, to the extent that the measures...

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