Ukrainian imports: France betrays its commitments and its sectors

Regulation & Compliances
Published Feb 24, 2024

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French agricultural associations AGPB, AGPM, CFA and CGB have expressed their disapproval over France's vote in favor of extending trade liberalization with Ukraine, including protective measures. They argue that these measures are ineffective due to the high volumes granted, the proposed technical considerations, and the deadlines applied. The associations claim that cheaper Ukrainian imports, which adhere to different environmental standards, are destabilizing French markets. They are advocating for an automatic safeguard clause for cereals, effective safeguard mechanisms for products not benefiting from customs duties, and a reference to imported volumes bearable by the sectors.
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“In Brussels, France is betraying its commitments… and its agricultural sectors”, denounce in a joint press release the specialized associations AGPB, AGPM, CFA and CGB after France voted in favor of a proposal from the European Commission aimed at extending liberalization of trade with Ukraine with protective measures. They consider these measures "ineffective in view of the volumes granted, the technical considerations proposed and the deadlines applied", while the executive was committed to better protecting the sectors weakened by the influx of Ukrainian imports into Europe, via the activation of safeguard clauses at European level. With production costs almost half as high, agricultural models and environmental standards incommensurate with ours, Ukrainian production has been deeply destabilizing our markets for many months, denounces the press release. And, in a degraded economic context for farmers, the effects of the liberalization of agricultural and food trade ...
Source: TerreNet
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