The U.S. can now go ahead with tariffs on 7.5 billion dollars of EU goods ...
After a formal decision by the WTO on Monday (October 14).
It's not totally new news: an arbitrator made a ruling earlier this month authorising the U.S. to retaliate in a dispute over aircraft subsidies.
But for the time being, the U.S. trade ambassador, Dennis Shea, preferred to remain tight-lipped.
(UPSOT) (English) U.S. TRADE AMBASSADOR, DENNIS SHEA, SAYING:
"Just look at the statement."
World Trade Organisation spokesman Dan Pruzin did fill in some detail on what Shea told the Geneva meeting.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WTO SPOKESMAN, DAN PRUZIN, SAYING:
"He said that he'd prefer a negotiated outcome, but nevertheless they were going ahead in allowing what was authorised by the arbitrator. And then the European Union spoke ... and expressed some concerns about some of the arbitrator's findings."
European-made Airbus aircraft, Washington said last week, will be subject to 10 per cent U.S. tariffs.
Scotch and Irish whiskies and cheese from across Europe are just some of the goods that will be hit by 25 per cent duties.
And French wine.
France's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, was among European leaders to hint at a counter move.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH FINANCE MINISTER, BRUNO LE MAIRE, SAYING:
"If the United States do not want to ... to pave the way for this settlement, of course we won't have any other choice but to also take measures at the European level."
The WTO found that both Airbus and U.S. rival Boeing received billions of dollars of illegal subsidies in a pair of cases that have run for 15 years.
An adjudication in the Boeing case is expected early next year.