EU and Russia end meat import stand-off

EU - The EU and Russia have resolved a trade dispute that threatened to halt imports of EU beef, pork and poultry worth $1.4 billion a year.

The dispute centred over Russia’s insistence that meat imports from the 25 EU countries use a uniform veterinary certificate instead of separate certificates from individual EU countries. Russia warned that it would re-introduce a ban on EU meat exports at the end of this month if it did not receive further guarantees of the safety of EU meat.

But meetings between EU commissioner for health and consumer protection David Byrne, Dutch agriculture minister Cees Veerman and his Russian counterpart Alexei Gordeyev have proved fruitful. Russia has now retracted the threat of a meat boycott under the condition that the European Union installs the uniform certificate by 30 September 2004.

calendar icon 22 March 2005
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