What is the status of this agreement?
On October 6, 2004, the United States exercised its right to terminate the 1992 U.S. - E.U. Agreement on Large Civil Aircraft by sending a diplomatic note to the European Union's Council of Ministers. At the same time, the United States filed a WTO request for consultations with the European Communities, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom over what the United States claimed are unfair aircraft subsidies to Airbus. The European Commission filed a counterclaim in the WTO, alleging that Boeing has received illegal indirect subsidies. The European Commission further claimed that the unilateral termination of the 1992 Agreement by the U.S. was invalid, as the agreement requires that the United States give a year's notice or provide evidence that the E.U. had violated the terms of the agreement. The United States does not agree with the E.U. interpretation.
How can I get more information?
On the Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance's web site, you can find the full text of the U.S. - EU Agreement on Trade in Large Civil Aircraft, as well as the full text of the WTO Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft on which the U.S.-EU Agreement is based.
If you have questions about the U.S.-EU Agreement on Trade in Large Civil Aircraft or the status of the WTO subsidy case, you can e-mail the Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance (TANC), which will forward your message to the Commerce Department's Designated Monitoring Officer for this Agreement. You can also contact the Designated Monitoring Officer at the following address:
Designated Monitoring Officer -
U.S.-EU Agreement on Trade in Large Civil Aircraft
Office of Aerospace and Automotive Industries
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Tel: (202) 482-1233
Fax: (202) 482-3383
The web site of the Office of Aerospace and Automotive Industries also contains information on up-to-date aerospace news and statistics, government and industry publications, and how the Office of Aerospace helps American exporters in the international marketplace.