US trade clash looms
Thursday 11 February 1999
The decision means Europe will continue with restrictions beyond 13 May, the deadline set a year ago by the World Trade Organisation, for them to be lifted.
The decision comes as Brussels and Washington are locked in battle over the EU's banana import regime, and amid fears that a third dispute will erupt over genetically-modified foods.
Yesterday the European Commission set out three possible courses of action to cover the period between 13 May and the end of the year, by which time the safety tests on hormone-treated should be completed.
The Commission will consult ministers of the 15 EU states and the European Parliament before settling on a course of action..
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