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European Parliament adopts amendments on poultry imports from Ukraine

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topical, European Parliament, European Union, economy, Ukraine, poultryThe European Parliament (EP) invites Ukraine to comply with the trade agreement that provides for a «spirit of trust» with the European Union, stressing that food safety standards apply to all products imported to the EU, as reported by EP representative Jānis Krastiņš.

The new poultry regime will apply to deboned chicken breast and chicken breast with bone under a single tariff position and will increase the amount of meat Ukraine is allowed to carry to the European Union tariff-free. Once Ukrainian exporters will have used their tax-free quotas, they will have to pay customs tax for additional exports to the EU.

The resolution was adopted with 444 votes in favour, 128 against and 74 MEPs abstaining.

Changes to the 2016 EU-Ukrainian trade agreement were needed because one of Ukrainian poultry producers had used the flaws in the EU-Ukrainian trade agreement to import more chicken breasts. This product is considered important for the survival of European farmers, and, although EU had established import quotas to protect European farmers from excessive imports.

«This modification ensures that EU producers will now be protected against unlimited imports of poultry meat. In the future, Ukraine should respect the spirit of faithful cooperation with the EU, while the EU should work to exclude loopholes. I call on Ukrainian exporters to abide by the provisions of the full trade agreement, including respecting sanitary and phytosanitary rules,» explains European parliamentarian Eniko Gyori.

The changed trade regime will come to force once it has been approved by the European Council and Ukraine.

Imports of chicken breasts with bone from Ukraine grew fifteen times – to 55 000 tonnes – between 2016 and 2018. On top of that, they were sold significantly cheaper than similar EU products.

Trade volumes with Ukraine reach 0.9% of EU’s trade with third countries. Poultry imported from Ukraine in 2016 and 2017 accounted for 1.1% of all imports of poultry.


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