Russia lifts import ban

by Editor
Friday, January 26, 2007

Russia's threatened ban on meat imports from the EU has been averted. Following agreement from Moscow, EU meat exporters now also have a legal basis for continuing their deliveries to Russia.

At the "Green Week" in Berlin a supplementary memorandum has been signed by officials, in the presence of ministers, between the EU and Russia concerning veterinarian guarantees on cattle and meat. This finalised an agreement concluded between the EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, Markos Kyprianou, and the Russian Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev last month in Moscow to prevent an import ban on EU products.

The supplementary memorandum, which was backdated to 1 January 2007, provides guarantees that Bulgaria and Romania will hold to EU laws and the provisions of a memorandum between Russia and the EU. The accession of the two Balkan countries to the Community had triggered the trade dispute between Brussels and Moscow. Moscow's import embargo on Polish agricultural products, however, is not affected by the paper signed in Berlin.