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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 244

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EU agri-food products to be protected in China

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 ottobre 2020

In a resolution approved by 38 votes, with one vote against and three abstentions, the Trade Committee backed the EU’s agreement with China, signed in September 2020. It will ensure that one hundred European products bearing Geographical Indications (GIs) such as Cava, Feta, Münchener Bier, Polska Wódka, Prosciutto di Parma and Queso Manchego will be protected against imitations and misuse of a product’s name. In exchange, one hundred Chinese products will enjoy the same type of protection in the EU.Within four years, the agreement will be extended to include a further 175 European and Chinese products.While trade MEPs welcomed the agreement they see primarily as a confidence-booster, they call on China to extend the constructive cooperation to the ongoing negotiations on a bilateral investment agreement, as well as into areas of conflict such as on industrial subsidies, state-owned enterprises, forced technology transfer, reciprocity in public procurement and overcapacity in steel, aluminium and high-tech.Rapporteur Iuliu Winkler (EPP, RO), said: “The EU-China Agreement on the protection of GIs is a positive step forward in the bilateral relationship and a good tool to promote and protect the authenticity of high-quality products on our respective markets. It is primarily a confidence-building exercise, serving as a measurement of the parties’ ambition to ensure the deal is implemented effectively. The trade committee will actively participate in monitoring and scrutinising the agreement’s effective implementation, seeking frequent reporting from the European Commission.” Parliament is set to vote on its consent to the agreement and the accompanying resolution at its first November session (11-12 November). With Parliament’s consent, the Council has to adopt the agreement so that it can enter into force at the beginning of 2021.

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US tariffs on EU agri-food products: regions call for urgent compensation measures

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 dicembre 2019

Widespread support from EU regions to compensate agri-food businesses affected by 25% tariffs on over 1.400 regional products including wine, cheese, olive oil and liquors. Trade disputes between the EU and the US are damaging exports of European regional agri-food products. In a plenary debate, EU cities and regions have expressed deep concern as US tariffs harm productive sectors, disturb local economies and affect a large number of family businesses. As a response to EU aid to Airbus, the US is imposing tariffs worth EUR6.9 billion affecting over 1.400 products since 18 October 2019.Today, the European Committee of the Regions held a debate on the need to urgently compensate sectors affected by the tariffs recently imposed by the US government. The basis for the debate is a position paper presented by the Spanish delegation.Numerous regions support the Spanish position paper, which urges the EU to compensate affected businesses urgently, to reach a fruitful settlement as to remedy the current situation and to plan mitigation measures for sectors and products that could be affected by upcoming EU-US litigation outcomes from the World Trade Organisation (WTO).On behalf of the Spanish Delegation to the CoR, Joan Calabuig (ES/PES), Regional Secretary for the European Union and External Relations of the Valencia Region, said: “It is essential for the EU to introduce urgent compensatory measures to help all European agricultural and agri-food sectors adversely affected by the US countermeasures implemented as a result of EU aid to the aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Imposition of tariffs by the United States will affect local economies to the detriment of a large number of small family businesses. As WTO has several pending pronouncements, CoR calls the European Commission to work with a greater degree of foresight in devising mitigating measures for sectors that may be directly affected by the outcome of future litigation processes.” Spanish regions gather EUR 930 million annual trade for agri-food products with the US.The US market is one of the main destinations for exports of European agricultural and agri-food products. Since 18 October 2019, US tariffs on EU aeronautical products are fixed at 10%, while the rest, mostly agri-food, are affected by a 25% tax rate.Michael Murphy, (IE/EPP), Member of Tipperary County Council, Head of the Irish Delegation to the European Committee of the Regions, said: “I’m deeply concerned about the emerging negative impact that these sanctions are having on regions in Ireland which are heavily dependent on the agri-food sector, including my own region. These sanctions will result in a lose-lose situation for regions in both the EU and the US. Trade disputes destabilise productive ecosystems and their impacts are first and foremost felt at the local levels. Similarly, to Spain, Irish regions are carrying a significant burden of tariffs imposed by the US. It’s important that emergency support measures are put in place to mitigate these losses whilst the EU work on a negotiated solution to this dispute. As a rapporteur on a CoR Opinion on the Implementation of Free Trade Agreements, I look forward to working together with stakeholders and facilitating discussions on developing tools and methods that can be used to increase the uptake and understanding of FTAs, particularly among micro-enterprises and SMEs across all EU’s regions.”
Ireland recorded goods exports to the US of EUR 39.4bn in 2018. The total value of Irish exports in 2018 subject to US measures is valued at EUR 366 million which at a rate of 25% would attract 91.6m EUR in additional tariffs. Exports from Irish regions of Irish cream liqueur and butter accounts for 44% and 95% respectively, of the total value of tariffs on these targeted goods. The Spanish position paper warns that the imposition of tariffs may lead to an escalation of tax measures that will harm other productive sectors of both the United States and the European Union.The paper calls for intensified communication between the United States and the European Union to reach a meaningful agreement that will remedy the current situation. It also stresses that trade agreements between the EU and third countries are essential for the development of the agricultural and agri-food sectors in European regions.With more announcements expected from the WTO on the Airbus-Boeing dispute, the paper calls for the European Commission to set new parameters on aid to the aeronautic industry and for greater planning of mitigation measures of sectors affected by trade disputes.

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