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EU Market Opens for Processed Eggs from Moldova

12 October 2013

MOLDOVA - The European Union is to open its market for the Moldovan processed eggs, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos said at a meeting with Prime Minister, Iurie Leanca.

Mr Ciolos said that the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers had decided that, at the next meeting of the Committee on Food Safety, Moldova is to be included in the list of states with the right to sell industrially processed eggs, i.e. the egg powder, on the EU market.

"It is a sign that, when efforts are taken, there is openness on behalf of the European Union as well," Mr Ciolos said.

The official stressed that this decision was to be taken in November or December 2013.

In this context, Prime Minister Leanca said that such a decision would encourage Moldova very much, as those who work in this industry are interested in exporting to other sales markets as well.

At the same time, the prime minister praised the support of the European Commission, which, at an initiative by Dacian Ciolos, has recently proposed to cancel the quotas for the Moldovan wines on the EU market.

"We are expecting a final decision of the European Council and Parliament on the cancellation of the quotas for the Moldovan wines within the Autonomous Trade Preferences. The EU is not just an excellent economic integration project, but also a space of solidarity," Prime Minister Leanca said.

The officials also approached the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), which is a new political initiative part of the EU's commitment to economic growth and stability in its neighbourhood. Besides, the EU recognises the importance of the agriculture for the food safety, sustainable development and creation of jobs in the rural regions.

The European Commission highlighted that the European Union was interested in the Moldovan products reaching its market.

"We want to build something solid with Moldova and, besides the free trade agreement, we have other technical and financial assistance instruments," Mr Ciolos said.

Mr Ciolos announced that a meeting of the Eastern Partnership Agriculture Ministers would be held in Chisinau on 23 January 2014. European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fule, is going to attend this event.

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