The EU includes a dispute settlement mechanism in all its trade agreements so that the EU and its trading partners can resolve disputes.
The system allows for the rapid settlement of disputes and is modeled after the WTO dispute settlement system. It is specifically designed to deal with disputes arising from the rules of the EU's bilateral trade agreements.
The EU and Algeria engaged in a dispute settlement procedure under the Association Agreement to resolve the dispute concerning some trade measures introduced by Algeria.
On 17 December 2018, the EU requested formal consultations with the government of the Republic of Korea regarding the implementation of the sustainable development commitments under the EU-Korea trade agreement.
On 14 June 2019, the European Union requested formal consultations with the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) over safeguard measures affecting imports of frozen chicken cuts from the EU.
On 16 January 2019, the EU formally requested consultations with Ukraine under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on Ukraine’s export ban on unprocessed wood.