The European Commission wants to quiz Japanese officials after European suppliers were allegedly excluded from a $40 million global satellite navigation system contract by the Japanese government.
The EC claimed the call for tender excluded European companies by restricting suppliers to the use of US technical specifications.
Said an EC spokesperson: ?The Commission considers this a serious violation of Japan?s obligations under the non-discrimination and transparency provisions of the World Trade Organisation Government Procurement Agreement."
If left unchallenged, this could set a damaging precedent for the development of the world market in a key area of technology where European firms are some of the most competitive in the world.?
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