Alyn Hails End Of Beef Hormone Dispute

Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the end of a long-running dispute between the EU and the US on beef imports.

The full Parliament, meeting in Strasbourg, rubber stamped the Report, drafted by German MEP Quisthoudt-Rowohl on an autonomous tariff quota for imports of high-quality beef, which represents the final solution to the dispute, which dates back to a 1989 EU ban on the use of hormones, and a subsequent WTO complaint by the US in 1996.

Alyn said:

"This is a very welcome conclusion to a long-running trade dispute which will benefit the producers and consumers of both trading blocs alike. While it would be difficult to say the Parliament has been much involved in the discussions given that the Commission represents the EU on trade talks, the deal does need our formal approval, and I was glad to see our rubber stamp duly applied today.

"Under the terms of the deal, the US will be allowed to export an amount of high quality beef, which has not been treated with growth-hormones, to the EU, with the US lifting retaliatory restrictions on EU imports.

"I sincerely hope that this deal will also pave the way for a final agreement which will see the US lifting its restrictions on beef imports that were introduced in the wake of the BSE crisis. Despite the vast improvements that the EU has made since then, these restrictions still persist, and with every year that passes, they look less like health protection measures and more like trade protection measures."