Copa-Cogeca supports Commissioner Cioloş in dispute over import controls on tomatoes from Morocco

Copa-Cogeca supported EU Farm Commissioner Cioloş this week in the dispute between the EU and Morocco on the problem of tomato imports from Morocco.

Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen stressed “We offer our full support to Commissioner Ciolos. We cannot go back to the former entry price system for tomatoes which governed fruit and vegetables imports to the EU as it was open to fraud and abuse. It is unacceptable that Morocco has stopped negotiations with the EU on non-agricultural matters over this issue. The new system in line with general custom rules has already been agreed and will come into force on 01/10/2014 . We cannot return to the old system that did not work properly”.

He continued “We also agree with Commissioner Ciolos that compensation should not be offered in the form of an additional import quota for tomatoes to Morocco. Already we import a lot from Morocco, and imports are increasing rapidly, expected to reach some 400, 000 tonnes in 2014-2015. We hope the dispute can be resolved swiftly and trade can continue as normal”.

For more information
Dominique Dejonckheere
Senior Policy Advisor
Tel.: +32 2 287 27 30

Amanda Cheesley
Press Officer
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