|11 December, 2019

Germany wants to find solution on WTO Appellate Body by June - spokeswoman

The Appellate Body needs a mininum of three judges to function

The World Trade Organization WTO logo is seen at the entrance of the WTO headquarters in Geneva April 9, 2013. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

The World Trade Organization WTO logo is seen at the entrance of the WTO headquarters in Geneva April 9, 2013. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Ruben Sprich

BERLIN- Germany aims to find a permanent solution for the composition of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Appellate Body by June, a spokeswoman for Berlin's foreign ministry said on Wednesday after the United States effectively sealed the fate of the body.

The Appellate Body needs a mininum of three judges to function but the terms of two of the three remaining members of the appeals panel expired on Tuesday without replacements due to a blocking strategy by the U.S. 

"We will jointly with the EU (...) work towards a temporary solution for the time being," the German foreign ministry spokeswoman said, adding that she hoped a permanent solution could be found before a WTO ministerial conference in June.

U.S. President Trump's administration has been blocking appointments to the WTO's seven-member Appellate Body that rules on trade disputes for more than two years.

(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel Editing by Madeline Chambers) ((Tassilo.Hummel@thomsonreuters.com; + 49 30 2888 51 26; Reuters Messaging: tassilo.hummel.thomsonreuters@reuters.net))

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