EU permitted to impose duties on U.S. imports in Boeing case, Commission says

FILE PHOTO: European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis addresses the media on EU's anti-fraud package during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium July 15, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday formally authorized the European Union to impose sanctions on the United States in retaliation for subsidies to planemaker Boeing BA.N, the European Commission said.

"The European Commission is preparing the countermeasures, in close consultation with our member states," EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis said in a statement, adding that he was still negotiating a way out with Washington over European subsidies to rival planemaker Airbus AIR.PA.

“In the absence of a negotiated outcome, the EU will be ready to take action in line with the WTO ruling,” he said.

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Reporting by Marine Strauss