EU appealing WTO victory in Boeing dispute

By Reuters
Posted April 1 at 7:26 a.m.

The European Union is appealing its own victory in a trade ruling against Chicago-based Boeing Co. by asking the World Trade Organization to toughen its condemnation of American subsidies for Boeing-made planes.

The ruling published Thursday based on EU complaints concluded Boeing received at least $5 billion in subsidies between 1989 and 2006 that were prohibited under international trade rules.

The EU alleged Boeing received at least $24 billion in improper subsidies.

Friday’s appeal is also a tactical move that cuts the time the U.S. has to prepare its own appeal.

The WTO ruled in a separate U.S. complaint that Boeing’s rival Airbus gained unfair advantage through billions worth of low-interest loans, grants and other provisions.

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