European Union and certain member States – Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation Sector

Request to Join Consultations

Communication from Japan

The following communication, dated 16 November 2012, from the delegation of Japan to the delegation of the European Union, the delegation of China and to the Chairperson of the Dispute Settlement Body, is circulated in accordance with Article 4.11 of the DSU.

I wish to refer to the consultations requested by the People’s Republic of China pursuant to Article XXII:1 of the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade 1994 in the communication circulated to WTO Members on 7 November 2012 (WT/DS452/1, G/L1008, G/SCM/D95/1, G/TRIMS/D/34) titled “European Union and Certain member States – Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation Sector”. My authorities have instructed me to notify the consulting Member and the Dispute Settlement Body of the desire of Japan to be joined in these consultations, pursuant to paragraph 11 of Article 4 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes.

Japan has a substantial trade interest in these consultations as a major supplier of renewable energy generation equipments to the world. These consultations further appear to concern domestic content requirements in a feed-in tariff program. Japan has challenged a measure of similar kind of Canada in the dispute “Canada – Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation Sector (DS412)”.

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