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It's Boeing turn at WTO.(NewsBriefs)(World Trade Organization)(Brief article)

French officials claimed the World Trade Organization ruled that "massive subsidies" provided to Boeing "violate WTO rules," but US officials said that characterization of a report that remains confidential is inaccurate.

WTO on Sept. 15 confidentially released to US and EU officials its interim ruling on the EU's 2005 charge that Boeing receives de facto subsidies through tax breaks and US government contracts. The allegations were part of a counterclaim to the US government's 2004 claim that Airbus was given illegal state aid to help it develop and build the A380. WTO released its final report on that matter in June, ruling that Airbus did receive "prohibited export subsidies. …

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