Copa-Cogeca expresses serious discontent at Russian ban on EU food, agricultural imports

Copa-Cogeca seriously regretted today the restrictions imposed by the Russian authorities on imports of European food and agricultural imports, and urged the Commission to take action.

Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen stressed “I am saddened that the EU farm sector has been targeted once more in this dispute with Russia. The restrictions could have a serious impact on the EU agriculture sector. It could also result in food shortages on the Russian market, and will prevent Russian consumers from enjoying quality produce. Products targeted in the latest announcement include fruit and vegetables, meat, milk and dairy products. Already, the Commission has imposed an illegal ban on EU pork products which is being investigated by the WTO”.

The latest move comes after the EU and other countries imposed sanctions against Russia directly linked with the illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of Ukraine. Copa-Cogeca supports efforts designed to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and urges the Commission to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

We are meanwhile disappointed that the Commission hasn’t taken action to resolve the crisis hitting the EU stone fruit sector, especially peaches and nectarines and asks the Commission to take measures. Since June, there has been a big crisis in this sector seeing prices drop by between 30-50%.

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