07 May 1998
EC seeks early vet equivalency deal with Canada
THE European Commission proposes to speed up bilateral trade in animals and animal products between the European Union (EU) and Canada with the conclusion of a veterinary agreement between the two.
This would lead to fewer inspections because both parties would acknowledge equivalent sanitary measures.
One element of the agreement is that each party will not block a trading partners exports in the event of an isolated regional problem.
Franz Fischler, EU farm commissioner, said the Canada deal was an important step towards making sure health issues did not result in trade disputes.
The EU is close to signing deals with the US and the Czech Republic and negotiations are also under way with Australia, Uruguay and Chile.
- Financial Times 07/05/98 page 5