Canada requested WTO consultations regarding the EU’s legislation prohibiting the marketing of products derived from seals. Norway made a similar request on 5 November 2009.
The European Commission’s spokesperson for Trade, Lutz Guellner, said in his statement, the Commission would vigorously defend its position on this issue.
Guellner said, the claim that EU is not respecting its WTO obligations was unfounded. The measures adopted were not protectionist, not discriminatory and respond to concerns about the killing of seals and their commercialisation which are widely held in the EU.
Regulation (EC) No. 1007/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council on trade in seal products prohibits the marketing of products derived from seals on the EU market. It applies to seal products produced in the EU and imported products. It does not apply to transit through the EU.
Source: EU Commission