• SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

'Hormone-free' beef imports: an opportunity for the USA, say MEPs



Shoot Date

28 Nov 2013

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Brussels, Belgium

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S&D group

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HUNGARY, STRASBOURG; FRANCE (29 FEBRUARY, 2012) (EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AUDIOVISUAL - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF FARM COWS 2. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF BUCHERS CUTTING MEAT 3. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF A BUCHERY 4. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF MEAT PRODUCTS IN A SUPERMARKET BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (NOVEMBER 28, 2013) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN BRUSSELS (EXTERIOR) 2. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE VOTE 3. VITAL MOREIRA (S&D MEP, PT) SAYING (ENGLISH): "As you know we ban the beef fed with hormones and the United States put a complain to the WTO. We haven't reached yet a definitive agreement with the United States as how to solve this dispute but we agreed on a provisional agreement whereby we would give quota to import high quality beef, hormone free beef from the United States." 4. CUTAWAY: VITAL MOREIRA AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE TALKING TO THE ASSEMBLY 5. VITAL MOREIRA (S&D MEP, PT) SAYING (ENGLISH): "This could be something that could be followed in the broader negotiations on the Trade and Investment Agreement, that means that we are not ready of course to abandon our ban on hormone feed beef and that the definitive solution could be his one, since you give the United States the opportunities to develop an industry that is hormone free beef, to export to the Union. This could be our final arrangement. " 6. CUTAWAY: VITAL MOREIRA GIVING THE SPEECH TO ONE OF HIS COLLEAGUE Story On the occasion of the renewal of the memorandum between the US and the EU on beef meat trade, S&D MEPs reiterate their will of banning US imports of beef treated with hormones, despite USA complained against the WTO. EP rapporteur Vital Moreira said: « We haven't yet find a common solution but we agreed on a provisional agreement whereby we would implement quotas to import high quality 'hormone free' beef from the United States." He continued : « As we are not ready to abandon our ban, it gives the United States the opportunity to develop a 'hormone-free' beef industry, to export to the Union. This could be our final arrangement » Previous developments EU concessions to help put an end to the 20-year hormone beef trade war with the USA and Canada were approved by MEPs in March 2012. The deal allowed the EU to keep its ban on imports of hormone-treated beef, in return for increasing its quota for imports of high-quality beef from the US and Canada The deal would raise the EU's quality beef import quota to 48,200 tonnes. The US and Canada, for their part, have already suspended duties, imposed in retaliation against the EU's hormone-treated beef ban, on previously "blacklisted" products originating in 26 EU Member States (all except the UK), worth over US $ 250 million at today's prices. © European Union, [2013] – Source: European Parliament' History of a trade war The beef hormone dispute has affected transatlantic trade relations since 1988 when the EU, concerned for health of its citizens, banned imports of beef treated with certain growth-promoting hormones. In 1996, the US and Canada, which were worst affected by the ban, challenged it under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement system and were subsequently authorised to impose trade sanctions on EU produce worth respectively US $ 116.8 million and C $ 11.3 million a year. © European Union, [2013] – Source: European Parliament' These duties hampered EU exports and led to a loss of market share for EU producers. The EU products affected by the sanctions included bovine and swine meat products, Roquefort cheese, chocolate, juices, jams and fresh truffles. © European Union, [2013] – Source: European Parliament' Next steps This renewal is expected to be voted in plenary session in February 2014.
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