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The European Commission has tabled a formal request to the GATT Secretariat for the creation of a panel to examine certain provisions of the new American Trade and Tariff Act which was approved by Congress in late 1984. The new American rules extend the notion of an industry injured by dumping or subsidy, in the case of the wine industry, to the producers of grapes. This is in contradiction with the GATT rules which state clearly that the industry suffering injury, and therefore entitled to initiate proceedings, must be the producer of a similar product to the one being dumped or subsidised. This would not be the case if an anti-subsidy investigation were opened following a complaint from to American grape industry. At the request of the Commission, two special meetings of the GATT Subsidies Committee have already taken place in December and January, under the provisions of the GATT dispute settlement procedures, to discuss the anti-subsidy provisions of the new rules. These did not lead to any mutually acceptable soloution. Accordingly, the Commission has decided to move to the next stage of the dispute settlement procedure by calling for a panel to examine these new rules.