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Spain has insisted that the provision of national aid to the country’s black olives sector is not distorting free market competition, as claimed by the US, and is fully compatible with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.
Proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy have been submitted by the European Commission, while the new US Farm Bill is making its way through the Legislative Branch, meaning it is a significant time for the farming sectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
The UK’s largest dairy, Arla, has said any non-tariff barriers to trade and labour shortages will make it more difficult to import dairy products from Europe after Brexit, and could lead to shortages of certain foods.
Within the next six months, Austria’s chairmanship of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council will focus on making progress in the interinstitutional discussions on the post-2020 CAP reform and reaching an agreement on the new rules against unfair trading practices.
A wide-ranging trade and cooperation deal that the EU and Japan signed on 17 July will create a free trade zone covering over 600 million people, ending some €1 billion in export duties that European firms currently pay annually, with Europe’s agri-food sector expected to be one of the main winners.
Issues related to the global trade in meat products dominated the agenda at last week’s meeting of the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) committee – with Brazil, the EU and Russia all clashing over costly import restrictions.
China has granted import permits to two French beef suppliers – the final step in dismantling restrictions in place for some 17 years.
Russia’s ban on agri-food imports from the EU, US and other key western suppliers will continue until December 2019, following the signing of a new decree by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
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