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February 26, 2004

AUSTRALIA/EU: Australia criticises EU pigmeat subsidies

Australia has complained to the European Commission about its reintroduction of subsidised exports of some pigmeat products and said it may take further action if the subsidies are not dropped.

Australia has complained to the European Commission about its reintroduction of subsidised exports of some pigmeat products and said it may take further action if the subsidies are not dropped.

The Commission said earlier this year that it would grant export subsidies for some pigmeat products until the end of April in order to help EU producers overcome a glut in the market and low prices.

Australia’s agriculture minister Warren Truss said the increase in export subsidies would further damage the world pigmeat market and could impact Australia’s export opportunities, reported Reuters.

“We have several options available to seek redress for any damage to the Australian market from this or future subsidy measures,” Truss was quoted by Reuters as saying.  

“More to the point, we are prepared to use those options if we believe our domestic or export markets have been undermined.”  

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