EC wants to double the duty free export quotas for Moldovan fruits


This is an additional support measures for Moldovan producers, given the impact of the Russian Federation’s decision to stop imports fruits and vegetables.

Following discussions with the PM of the Republic of Moldova, Iurie Leanca and vice-PM Natalia Gherman, at the request of the Moldovan Government, given the impact of the Russian Federation’s decision to stop imports of Moldovan fruits and vegetables, the European Commission is proposing additional support measures for Moldovan producers, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos recently announced.
“The Republic of Moldova will be granted additional duty free export quotas for apples, plums and table grapes that are double the size of the quotas negotiated under the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The measure will be valid until the end of 2015.
Further details about the operation of this measure will be provided in the coming days, with the objective of enabling imports of these fruit to proceed as swiftly as possible.
These concrete and rapid measures taken by the European Commission – with the direct involvement of European commissioners for trade Karel de Gucht and Enlargement and Neighbourhood policy, Stefan Fule – are a token of our solidarity with Moldovan producers hit by decisions limiting trade on one of their traditional markets. I hope this will give Moldovan producers the boost they need in this difficult period to increase their exports to the EU and to diversify their export markets”, stated the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos.
As Nine O’Clock announced in a previous issue, on July 21, the Russian Federation Agency for Veterinary Supervision Rosselhoznadzor said that the fruits coming from the Republic of Moldova were forbidden on the markets in Russia after having discovering the presence of ‘a dangerous insect: the Eastern moth’ detected in some of the produce delivered to Kishinev.
The interdiction applies for apples, pears, apricots, sour cherries, cherries, plums and peaches. The Eastern moth is an insect which attacks especially the fruit trees, and mostly apricot trees.
The Russian minister of economy announced that he prepared a draft decision which proposes the imposition of customs taxes for several produce in the Republic of Moldova among which wine, meat, vegetables and cereals.
The measure intervenes in spite of the fact that the Republic of Moldova, together with Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan are part of the free commerce area in the Community of Independent States (CSI). Until now, in the bilateral agreements, but as well as in those signed under the aegis of the Community of Independent States, the Moldavian produce exported in the Russian Federation were excepted from customs taxes.
The Republic of Moldova signed in June the Agreement of Association with the European Union which will include an Agreement of Free Exchange criticised by Russia which warned that they ‘would take protection measures’ if they proved that the agreement affects the Russian economy. Russia was accused several times that they used ‘the economic weapon’ as a way of diplomatic pressure on the former Soviet republics.
Sanctions on American fast food
Meanwhile, Russia appears ready to impose sanctions on American fast food, and may have begun that process on Friday, by filing a lawsuit against McDonald’s, the largest fast food chain across Russia. Anna Popova, head of Rosselhoznadzor said in a statement that McDonald’s was cited for selling mislabeled food packaging, and tainted fish sandwiches, ice cream, and milk shakes, as informs. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 13 in Moscow’s Tverskoi District court. Popova told the Interfax news agency: “We have identified violations which put the product quality and safety of the entire McDonald’s chain in doubt.” Recently McDonald’s was fined 70,000 rubles (approximately USD 2,000) for undefined food “irregularities.”
Also, leading up to the 2008 war with Georgia, Russia declared that Georgian wines failed to meet sanitary standards. Earlier this month, Russian authorities announced a ban on Ukrainian dairy products, due to alleged “harmful” ingredients.