Norway has launched the first stage of disputes proceedings at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), where it is protesting against the imposition of temporary safeguard measures by the European Union (EU) to protect the Scottish and Irish salmon industries.

Oslo claims that the EU’s erection of tariff quotas, minimum import prices and demand for securities from all importers breaks WTO rules, notably GATT (the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and its Agreement on Safeguards.

Norway has requested formal talks with Brussels, where it will allege 11 rule breaches, notably that there has been no sudden increase of Norwegian salmon into the EU market, a mandatory prerequisite for legitimate safeguard measures.