Office of the United States Trade Representative


Notice of Public Meeting in the WTO Dispute on bananas

Sale and Distribution of Bananas; Recourse to Article 21.5 by the United States (WT/DS27)

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) wishes to inform the public of an opportunity to view the public session of the substantive meeting of the Panel in the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) dispute European Communities  — Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas; Recourse to Article 21.5 by the United States (WT/DS27).  It is likely that the public will be allowed to observe the meeting from within the meeting room.  The WTO does not permit recording or broadcast of the meeting. 

The meeting with the parties (the United States and the European Communities) will be held on November 6, 2007 at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland and continue on November 7.  On November 6, parties will make their opening statement and may pose questions or make comments on the other party’s statement.  The Panel also may pose any questions or make any comments during the public session.  To the extent that the Panel or either of the parties considers it necessary, the Panel may go into closed session for as long as necessary to protect confidential information.  Updates will be provided through this website.

Viewing of the public session will be on the WTO premises in Geneva, Switzerland and is open to those individuals who apply and are accepted by the WTO.

USTR invites any person interested in viewing the public session to so inform USTR by e-mail at  USTR urges that the request be made as soon as possible and in any event no later than October 31, 2007.  Requests will be forwarded to the WTO.  Each request should indicate the person’s full name, contact information (full address, phone, and e-mail), organization (if any), and nationality, and whether the person has made any other request to view the public session (such as a request directly to the WTO or to the other party to the dispute, the European Communities).


Details about the dispute may be found at  Further information, including U.S. submissions to the Panel, may be found at

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