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Parliamentary questions
23 September 2004
P-1597/2004(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Lamy on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-1597/2004

In May of this year Commission and Mercosur representatives exchanged lists of products considered eligible for (gradual) liberalisation in the framework of ongoing talks on the establishment of a free trade agreement between the two trading blocks. Eggs and egg products were included in the list of products proposed for tariff dismantling.

It is likely that, after successful conclusion of the negotiations with Mercosur, tariffs for these products will be phased out over a period of 10 years from entry-into-force of the agreement.

Where standards on animal welfare applicable to European Union (EU) producers are higher than on non-EU (Mercosur) producers, the latter’s production costs are reduced compared with their European counterparts. However, the EU’s labelling standards for table eggs by method of production, help consumers to make an informed choice which is particularly relevant for shell eggs and increases the demand for products from higher welfare production systems from both domestic production and imports.

In its recently agreed agricultural reform, the EU proposes that some additional producer costs to meet higher animal welfare standards are compensated. The Commission considers that such payments are non trade distorting. As outlined in the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on Animal Welfare Legislation on farmed animals in Third Countries and the Implications for the EU(1), adopted in November 2002, the Commission fully supports the initiatives by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), with 167 member countries worldwide, to develop internationally accepted animal welfare standards.

5. Furthermore it should be noted that the Sanitary and Phytosanitary provisions of the trade chapter of the future EU-Mercosur agreement will cover animal welfare with the aim of developing common standards on animal welfare although these will not directly affect trade.

(1)COM (2002)626

OJ C 189, 13/07/2010
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