Russia/embargo on agricultural and agri-food products
Paris, August 7, 2014
Following the announcement the Russian authorities have just made about placing an embargo on certain agricultural and agri-food products, Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, Government Spokesman, has asked his services, in conjunction with the sectors concerned, to assess the possible consequences of these measures on France’s agricultural and agri-food production.
Apart from the direct consequences on our exports, there could also be indirect, delayed consequences due to the trading on the Community market of products initially destined for export to the Russian Federation.
Stéphane Le Foll spoke to Dacian Cioloş, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, today. He asked him to organize, at European level, analysis of the potential impact of the embargo, which affects all member states. This shared analysis is a matter of urgency and essential in order to gauge the nature of the decisions to be taken to deal with the current situation.
The European Commission told France that it was going to convene an exceptional Management Committee meeting, focusing on all agricultural products, some time next week.
The Minister also said that contacts were under way to promote a coordinated position in the framework of enhanced cooperation with Germany and Poland within the so-called Weimar Group.
Senior figures in the peach and nectarine industry have already been invited to take part in a meeting organized by the European Commission this Friday, 8 August, to look at the industry’s economic situation and the appropriate Community responses to tackle the sector’s commercial difficulties.
Given the gravity of the situation, which the French, Spanish and Italian ministers jointly brought to the attention of the European agriculture commissioner as early as last week, solutions are urgently awaited from the Commission under the common market organization provisions, to help rebalance the market, at the very time when announcements of a Russian embargo are further heightening tensions in the industry./.