The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - October 22, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Economic diplomacy – Stéphane Le Foll and Matthias Fekl welcome the opening of the Canadian market to beef and the opening of the Brazilian market to French dairy products (October 21)

◢  United Nations – Organization of a symposium on the occasion of the 70th anniversary (October 23, 2015)

 
Economic diplomacy – Stéphane Le Foll and Matthias Fekl welcome the opening of the Canadian market to beef and the opening of the Brazilian market to French dairy products (October 21)

Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry and Government Spokesman, and Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, welcome the opening of the Canadian market to beef from 19 EU countries, including France, as well as the opening of the Brazilian market to French dairy products.

With respect to beef, French companies wishing to export to Canada will therefore be authorized to do so.

With respect to dairy products, following a comprehensive audit in May 2014, the Brazilian health authority has just publicly recognized that the French health control system is equivalent to its system. This decision opens the Brazilian market to new French dairy plants wishing to export their products, subject to authorization from the Directorate General for Food, which will be responsible for establishing and updating the list of French dairy plants authorized to export to Brazil, without the need for further Brazilian inspection visits. These firms will therefore now be able to ask the Brazilian authorities to approve the labels of products intended for export.

The government’s ongoing efforts to open up new export markets are one of the priorities of the plan to support the French livestock farming sector. The mobilization of €10 million in funding to promote French beef, the launch of the digital export platform, the lifting of the Vietnamese, Qatari, Singapore, Saudi, South African and Canadian embargoes, and the opening of the Brazilian market to French dairy products mean that the agricultural sector now has crucial advantages that will help it to succeed in international markets.

These decisions reflect the recognition at the international level of the high level of health safety in French agricultural and agrifood production.



United Nations – Organization of a symposium on the occasion of the 70th anniversary (October 23, 2015)

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and on the eve of International United Nations Day, the United Nations Association of France will host on October 23, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, a forum entitled “70 years later: where is the United Nations headed?” Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, former minister, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Innovative Financing for Development, and civil society representatives (media, business leaders and students) will take part in the conference.

This symposium will focus on the challenges currently facing the UN and ways to address them, such as the initiative proposed by France relating to the suspension of veto rights in cases of mass atrocity crimes.

The United Nations Association of France, chaired by Bernard Miyet, former UN Under-Secretary-General, aims to promote the multilateral system in public debates in France.


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