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EU is more friendly for foreign than domestic meat

Staff writer ▼ | December 11, 2015
Europe's meat trade organisation UECBV has written to EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan urging him to pursue a “dynamic trade policy” on behalf of the livestock and meat sector.
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Food production   Meat trade organisation UECBV:
The letter, signed by UECBV secretary general, Jean-Luc Mériaux, includes the following three priority action points:

1 Re-open the Russian market, in compliance with the mandate that the European Commission (EC) received from the EU farm ministers in September and confirmed in November.

UECBV is convinced that there is an opportunity for technical dialogue and agreement aiming at the resumption of the EU export of pork lard and offal to Russia in a short term.

2 Consolidate existing markets such as China, Japan for pork. Since the deal by 12 countries on the TPP, the EU meat industry has had great concern motivated by the risk to lose market shares and even the Japanese market if the TPP is implemented before the EU-Japan FTA.

The EU cannot afford to lose a second outstanding market (the EU exported 306,000 t. of high-quality pork to Japan in 2014 worth) in the pork sector.

3 Open new markets. UECBV welcomes EC initiatives for opening up new markets for EU meat and meat products. Unfortunately, UECBV has to conclude that the EU is for its trading partners a much more accessible market than their market is for EU meat as far as SPS issues are concerned.