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Date 10.02.2017 | Category: News
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Two weeks after the publication of the update and implementation report of the European Commission’s ‘Trade or All’ strategy, EU Commissioner for Trade, Ms Cecilia Malmström, joined the EDA European Dairy Platform on Friday 29 September 2017 to discuss the global trade perspectives of the EU dairy sector.

“EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has really created a new momentum in the global trade landscape and the EU leadership in global trade policies was underlined by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his ‘State of the Union’ speech two weeks ago. At the same time, the ‘diplomatic missions’ of EU Commissioner Phil Hogan really help boosting our exports. Today, our European dairy exports are on a record track, but there is still big potential for further growth”, said EDA President Michel Nalet.

“After Canada, the Japan trade deal is basically sealed – both destinations open real new market opportunities for our premium dairy products. We are keen on seeing Singapore and Vietnam following. The progress made with Mercosur and with Mexico is impressive and we also count on a constructive update of the Chile agreement and speedy progress with Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand, to name a few.”

“On the other hand, when it comes to trade negotiations with New Zealand, we all have to make sure that what Brussels tends to call “EU agricultural sensitivities” is really taken into account by these negotiations. And to make it very clear: we are not afraid of competing with New Zealand dairy, but we need a level playing field, especially in China and South-East Asian markets, where NZ has already concluded free trade agreements.”

“To quote the EU Commission: ‘our trade policies must secure a level playing field for EU companies’”, concluded Michel Nalet.

Source: EDA
Author: Sossna
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