03 Nov 2015
PHIL HOGAN: OUR MEAT PRODUCTS ARE AMONG THE VERY BEST IN THE WORLD – 03 NOVEMBERBrussels Daily, Brussels Weekly
In his Speech today at the ICOS Annual Commission Phil Hogan said :
I would like to take this opportunity to say that our meat products are among the very best in the world. My services and I have taken note of the recent WHO report, and we do not believe it will have any meaningful impact on sales of our high-quality, traceable meat products.
Opening up new markets will be a key priority in the coming years. We are optimistic about finding new markets for our products – perhaps within the EU, but also elsewhere in the world, such as the Far East.
This year’s announcement of an equivalency agreement with South Korea is one such example. Talks are also ongoing with Japan and Vietnam, which I believe could lead to significant opportunities for sector.
Now that the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement between Asia and the US is over the line, I believe there’s a real opportunity for a Free Trade Agreement with Japan. This would generate huge prospects for the beef and grain sectors. Read speech in full here