Cantwell Statement on WTO Appeal Decision in EU-Boeing Case
Cantwell: ‘Today is an affirmation that American aerospace workers have succeeded despite illegal launch aid’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body’s release of its final decision regarding the European Union’s (EU) appeal of the WTO’s March 2011 ruling that rejected most of the claims that the U.S. government provided $19 billion in trade-distorting subsidies to Boeing. The WTO upheld most parts of its March 2011 decision, affirming that most of the programs challenged by the EU were not subsidies, and reduced the financial value of its findings of harm to Airbus to a small fraction of what was originally claimed.
“Today is an affirmation that American aerospace workers have succeeded despite a massive European advantage of illegal launch aid,” Cantwell said. “This ruling shows that the economic damage done to Boeing and its workers due to ongoing European Union launch aid subsidies to Airbus dwarfs any counterclaim. The EU should put a stop to launch aid, which gives Airbus a massive illegal advantage over Boeing and creates an uneven playing field in the global marketplace.”
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