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US resumes WTO case against Airbus launch aid
Citing the European Commission's "unwillingness to halt new subsidies for large civil aircraft" including the proposed A350, the US yesterday filed a request for the establishment of a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel to resolve the matter.
"We continue to prefer a negotiated solution, and we would rather not have to go back to the WTO. But the EU's insistence on moving forward with new launch aid is forcing our hand," said US Trade Representative Rob Portman, who cited EU "plans to commit $1.7 billion in new risk-free launch aid subsidies" for the A350.