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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Second WTO meeting on renewable energy disputes opened to the public



At the request of the parties in the disputes “Canada — Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation Sector” (DS412) and “Canada — Measures Relating to the Feed-in Tariff Program” (DS426), the panels have agreed to start their second substantive meeting with the parties with a session on 15 May 2012 open to public viewing at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva.



This public session is expected to start at 9.30 am on Tuesday, 15 May 2012. The public viewing will take place through a real time closed-circuit television broadcast. The public session of the Panel meeting with the parties may continue on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 if the Panel so decides.

The number of places in the viewing room reserved for the public will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis upon receipt of the completed registration form. Completed forms should be sent by e-mail only to the following address: OpenMeetingDS412@wto.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 pm, Geneva time, on Monday, 7 May 2012.

WTO accredited journalists and non-governmental organizations wanting to attend should indicate their interest by using the email address above. They do not need to complete the registration form.

The general public to whom seats have been allocated will need to present a valid official photo identification on-site to access the meeting room. Members of the public allocated a seat are requested to arrive in good time as security checks may delay access to the viewing room.

Please note that any form of recording or filming is prohibited and that mobile phones should be switched off during the public viewing.

The WTO cannot offer any support, including financial, for accommodation, flight arrangements and visas.

ONLY THOSE WITH RESERVED SEATS WILL BE ADMITTED.

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