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EU welcomes Japan joining the multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement

The EU welcomes Japan’s decision to join multi-party interim arbitration arrangement (MPIA), which is available to all WTO members. The MPIA, an alternative system to resolving WTO disputes that was established by the EU and key partners in order to restore a reformed WTO dispute resolution system, is an interim, temporary solution. The MPIA currently includes Japan and 26 other WTO members.

The WTO rules that govern most of our trade are still our best defense against global economic fragmentation. We have a strategic interest in an economically strong and reformated WTO.

Japan’s decision and those of other MPIA member countries confirms the support of WTO leaders for the dispute settlement system of the organisation and the rules it enforces. This is a strong signal of support for the establishment of a fully functioning and reformated dispute settlement system that WTO members are committed to establishing by 2024.

In the interim, WTO dispute resolution system reform is still in progress. The EU reiterates its support for MPIA membership.


The MPIA allowed the first appeal on antidumping duties imposed in Colombia on frozen fries from Belgium and Germany .

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