4 November 1999
France given10 days to end beef ban
BRUSSELS yesterday (Wednesday) set France an ultimatum: a grace period of 10 days to lift its ban on British beef, or face legal action through the European Court of Justice.
David Byrne, consumer affairs commissioner, also told the European Parliament there was no question of amending the British export scheme to meet French demands.
There were indications last night that France is keen to lift the ban.
Jean Glavany, the French agriculture minister, said last night that the embargo would be lifted: “The problem is not when – it is about how”.
The government was meanwhile preparing for the technical committee meeting in Brussels tomorrow when a “teach-in” on the controls on British beef will be explained.
Mr Byrne emphasised that the aim of these talks – including beef labelling and testing for BSE – was clarification, not negotiation.
The government has also extended an “open invitation” to the French to send vets to abattoirs licensed for beef exports.
- Germans resist lifting ban, FWi, today (04 November, 1999)
- Brown denies caving in to French, FWi, yesterday (03 November. 1999)
- EU scientists reject French beef ban, FWi, 29 October, 1999
- The Times 04/11/99 page 1, page 20, page 29 (Leader and Letters)
- The Independent 04/11/99 page 2, page 8 (Parliamentary sketch), page 3 (Review – Leader)
- Financial Times 04/11/99 page 1
- The Guardian 04/11/99 page 2
- The Daily Telegraph 04/11/99 page 1, page 2, page 10, page 28, page 29 (Editorial)
- The Herald 04/11/99 page 2