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17 Mar 2017

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 17 MARCH

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Eurostat: January 2017 – Euro area international trade in goods deficit of €0.6 bn – €16.2 bn deficit for EU28

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in January 2017 was €163.9 billion, an increase of 13% compared with January 2016 (€144.9 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €164.5 bn, a rise of 17% compared with January 2016 (€140.1 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €0.6 bn deficit in trade in goods with the rest of the world in January 2017, compared with a surplus of €4.8 bn in January 2016. Intra-euro area trade rose to €145.7 bn in January 2017, up by 10% compared with January 2016.  Full text available here

 

EU imports of organic products from Norway and Iceland to resume

Organic products from Norway and Iceland, including Norwegian organic salmon, can again be imported to the European Union and duly marketed as abiding by the EU’s organic rules following the incorporation of the relevant regulations into the agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan welcomed today’s decision: “I am happy to see that our EEA partners realised the importance of common standards, and the benefits they bring to producers and consumers on both sides. The rules guarantee a level playing field between EU and EEA organic producers, for their mutual benefit. The Commission will never accept any watering down of our high standards for products being produced, imported and marketed as organic. It is our role to ensure consumer confidence and guarantee the credibility of the EU organic logo.”The long-awaited decision taken today by the EEA Joint Committee puts an end to an 8-year delay during which organic producers from Norway and Iceland were complying with outdated rules no longer applied within the EU. As a result of the adoption of this decision, imports of organic salmon produced and certified in accordance with the EU Regulations from the EEA countries will be able to resume as of 18 March 2017. A press release on the decision and its background is available here

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