Russia to continue import EU meat in 2007
Artikel från Itar-Tass 061219

- Russia will continue to import EU meat and poultry next year.

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev and European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Marcos Kyprianou reached an agreement to the effect in Moscow on Tuesday.

“The European Union and Russia will soon sign a memorandum, which will provide for further deliveries of EU cattle products from farms attested by Russian experts after the Romanian and Bulgarian accession to the organization on January 1, 2007,” Gordeyev said.

“The European Union and Russia have high veterinarian standards, so we agreed that the banned meat from Bulgaria and Romania will not be supplied to the Russian market through other EU member countries,” he said.

Kyprianou added that they wanted to minimize risks and ensure continuous trade in cattle products. This is a positive signal for Russian and European producers and clients, he said.

The commissioner hopes for the soonest settlement of the Polish meat problem. He said that the issue was not discussed at Tuesday negotiations.