18:54 04.07.2017

MEPs back increase of quotas for Ukrainian agricultural products

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MEPs back increase of quotas for Ukrainian agricultural products

Members of the European Parliament have approved the increase of temporary additional trade preferences for imports of Ukrainian agricultural products and food.

According to a report on the website of the European Parliament on Tuesday, the new trade concessions were approved by 566 votes to 96 and 28 abstentions.

"The preferences will be introduced for the period of up to three years as a supplement to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the European Union. This decision is pending the approval of the Council of the European Union later in July," Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Ukraine's Trade Representative Natalia Mykolska wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

According to the European Parliament, the fight against corruption becomes a condition for granting Ukraine preferential exports.

As reported, after negotiations between the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and MEPs the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade (INTA) proposed to increase quotas on Ukrainian honey by 2,500 tonnes, preserved tomatoes by 3,000 tonnes, grape juice by 500 tonnes, oats 4,000 tonnes, wheat 65,000 tonnes, maize 625,000 tonnes, barley 325,000 tonnes, groats and pellets of certain cereals 7,800 tonnes.

According to the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, Ukraine can supply 36 goods to the EU without tariffs within the limits of the approved volumes of tariff quotas. In particular, the quotas for beef supplies amount to 12,000 tonnes, pork – 40,000 tonnes, milk, yoghurts, fermented milk products – 8,000 tonnes, milk powder - 1,500 tonnes, butter - 1,500 tonnes, egg products - 1,500 tonnes, eggs – 3,000 tonnes. For wheat, quotas were determined at a rate of 950,000 tonnes, barley – 250,000 tonnes, maize – 400,000 tonnes, sugar – 20,000 tonnes, honey – 5,000 tonnes, processed tomatoes – 10,000 tonnes, grape and apple juice – 10,000 tonnes, oats – 4,000 tonnes, garlic - 500 tonnes.

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