Russian import ban from Poland unjustified
EU veterinary experts will travel to Moscow next
week to try to convince the Russian authorities that the ban on imports of
agricultural products from Poland is unjustified.
Initially, the meeting was organised by
the Russians to discuss the outcome of its recent inspections in Poland.
However, EU experts also hope to discuss the threat of a wider Russian ban
on EU agricultural products.
Health report for all EU states
the Russian authorities sent a fax to the Commission, asking that it provides residue
monitoring and control plans for all EU member states by the end of March.
If they do submit this information on time, they face the possibility of a
suspension of imports from all those countries.
Commission has said that it will provide this information willingly (it provides
such control plans to non-EU countries annually anyway), there are question
marks over whether all 27 member states will be able to meet the end of March
Keep EU on tight leash
It appears that the letter from
Russia last Friday outlined concerns with veterinary standards of meat imports
from several EU countries which were either alerted or uncovered by the Russians
during 2006. These included beef trimmings from Italy, canned fish from Latvia
and Lithuania and some processed meat products from Hungary.
that the latest Russian demands are fuelled by a desire to keep the EU on a
tight leash given that the long-running row with Poland may move closer to
resolution next week.
Russia threatened to ban meat and
plant exports from the EU at the end of last year amid concerns that
Bulgaria and Romania who acceded in January did not come up to scratch on food
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