RUSSIA: Moscow shrugs off EU complaint over pork ban
The Russian government has criticised the EU for filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization against Moscow's import ban on EU pigmeat and pigs.
The Russians have imposed the ban following four cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) detected in Lithuania and Poland but the EU claims Moscow's actions are not based on science, as required by WTO rules.
"We are forced to take this matter to the WTO because we have exhausted all diplomatic avenues to try and find a solution, a European Commission trade spokesperson said.
However, Russia refuted that claim, saying the EU had failed to approach officials for the customs union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, rather focusing its efforts on Moscow.
Alexei Alexeyenko, advisor to Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary control authority, Rosselkhoznadzor, said: "The European Commission's claim is directed against us as a member of the World Trade Organization…it is not inclined to recognise de facto the existence of the customs union and ask the letter to help settle the dispute."
Russia closed its market to the EU at the end of January, cutting off almost 25% of all EU exports. The EU claims there is no scientific basis for Russia's decision and that the ban has exposed the EU farming sector to significant losses.
Synopsis The report provides a review of the mergers and acquisitions (M&As), partnering deals, and agreements entered into by companies active in the global bakery & cereals market during May 2014. ...
Synopsis Using this report, marketers will effectively gain an insight into the latest happenings in the global spirits market throughout the month. The monthly report provides the reader with the to...
The biggest story of 2013 was the continuous decline of fortified/functional products. This phenomenon has to do with two interconnected factors: on one side, the emerging trends towards high quality ...
This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Food Additives in Millions of US$ by the following Product Segments: Acidulants, Fat Replacers, Sweeteners (Intense Sweeteners, Bulk Sweeteners), Vitamin...
- On the money: Unilever shifting into growth spots
- On the money: Danone denies strategy overhaul
- The just-food interview: Premier Foods CEO Darby
- Comment: Danone could be mulling strategy shift
- Focus: Progress but Campbell faces questions
- Unilever sees lacklustre H1 food sales
- Hovis eyes Leicester bakery closure
- FSA ordered to carry out review on 2 Sisters
- Danone H1 profits down but sticks to FY goals
- Australian dairy innovation "hub" targets Asia