EA CALLS ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION NOT TO SACRIFICE THE EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH MERCOSUR COUNTRIES

EA CALLS ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION NOT TO SACRIFICE THE EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH MERCOSUR COUNTRIES

ADEA CALLS ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION NOT TO SACRIFICE THE EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH MERCOSUR COUNTRIES

ADEA – The Alliance for the Defence of the European Agriculture – has expressed deep concern about the impact of a potential EU trade deal with the MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). ADEA believes that the concessions being offered are very damaging to European agriculture and offer no advantage to farmers in the EU. ADEA is particularly alarmed by the contents of a letter signed by seven EU heads of State and Government and sent to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, on 20th June.

In the letter, EU leaders backed the Commission’s ambition to conclude the impending EU trade deal with the MERCOSUR. And they ask the Commission to submit to MERCOSUR a balanced and reasonable offer that will pave the way for the conclusion of the Agreement.

Furthermore, the letter argues that this agreement would give European companies privileged access to a market of more than 260 million consumers and that many economic sectors of “strategic importance”, including cars and their spare parts, equipment, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, “will benefit the most“.

The counterpart would be to open the Union market to 99,000 additional tonnes of beef, 200,000 tonnes of chicken/turkey and 600,000 tonnes of ethanol per year from South American countries.

In addition, the European Commission has offered to open the EU sugar market, by offering tariff concessions for a quota of 150,000 tonnes at 98 EUR/tonne for raw sugar for refining. Also alarming, the possible dismantling of the citrus juice processing industry in the face of the expected increase in the import of Brazilian mandarins and oranges. The EU citrus sector, particularly lemon growers, will likely also be affected due to the growth of imports from Argentina. The EU garlic, apples and pears sectors would also be damaged.

These concessions will have devastating consequences for European farmers who produce these same foods, but which must meet much higher social, environmental and phytosanitary standards than those imposed on producers in these South American countries.

It is imperative and urgent that EU trade policy takes into consideration all productive sectors of the European Union equally: Industry and Agriculture.

European producers demand to EU heads of State and Government and the European Commission not to undermine European Agriculture in Trade Agreements with third countries, and call for:

  1. RECIPROCITY 
  2. FAIR COMPETITION  
  3. TRANSPARENCY 
  4. RESPECT

ADEA – The Alliance for the Defence of the European Agriculture

ADEA is the “Alliance for the Defence of European Agriculture”. The Alliance is pro-European and works in favour of the defence of European farmers and products, guaranteeing a level playing field in EU trade agreements with third countries. The Alliance is open to all sectors willing to defend the EU agriculture. 

ANPCA INVITES THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION REVIEW OF QUOTA A CHINESE GARLIC ENTRY

ANPCA INVITES THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION REVIEW OF QUOTA A CHINESE GARLIC ENTRY

At the last meeting of the National Association of Producers and Marketers of Garlic, held in Las Pedroñeras (Cuenca), on July 29, within the events scheduled for the celebration of the International Fair of Garlic (FIDA 2016) of this Manchega locality, analyzed the current situation through which the garlic sector crosses.

Within the framework of the European Union, with the entry into force of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1237 on November 6, 2016, regarding the regime of import and export certificates, where the mandatory issuance of a certificate is extended for the importation of garlic until September 30, 2017, ANPCA has agreed to re-request the Commission to access the data collected by the new computer system for import control that aims to replace the current system of Import Certificates. In consideration of ANPCA, this access is fundamental for the verification of the good functioning and the effectiveness of the new system since otherwise, it would not be accepted by the sector the substitution of the current system that has proved to be effective in the fight against fraud in numerous cases.

Also within this European framework, ANPCA has asked the European Commission to carry out a review of the current “quota of imports” established for Chinese garlic with the proposal of abandonment of the European Union made by the United Kingdom. In view of this situation, the “import quota” must be readjusted to the extent that it has been updated with the entry of other countries into the European Union, taking into account that the readjustment must be made by the percentage of participation of the United Kingdom in the global garlic consumption of the European Union. Therefore, from ANPCA has been requested to the Directorate General of Agriculture of the European Commission, through its delegation in Brussels, the performance of impact studies on the import quota of Chinese garlic corresponding to the departure from the United Kingdom of the whole of the European Union.

Regarding the national framework, ANPCA has estimated the current crop as very satisfactory in terms of quantity and quality, and expects that this year’s marketing campaign will develop in good profitability terms for the Spanish garlic producer. With the finalization in the next dates of the harvest of white garlic in the northernmost areas of Spain, a more faithful image of the total national production can be offered.

The National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers, ANPCA, represents more than 1,800 producers and the 47 most important garlic marketing companies in Spain, which together account for 70% of the total production marketed.