Food Law News - EU - 2007

Council Press Releasse (5335/07), 29 January 2007

TRADE - Veterinary negotiations between EC and the Russian Federation

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council Meeting held today

The Council took note of the positive outcome of a meeting, which took place in Berlin on 19 January 2007, and of the signature of additional guarantees to be annexed to the existing Memorandum, following the accession of Bulgaria and Romania (17049/06).

The Presidency informed delegations of the setting of a meeting on 14 February 2007 to tackle legal issues.

Commissioner Kyprianou thanked the Council for its broad support during the negotiating process. He indicated that the Commission has provided Russian veterinary authorities with documentary elements guaranteeing that Poland respected both Community legislation and the Memorandum.

The Russian authorities have sent series of questions back to the Commission and have announced on-the-spot checks in Poland next week. The Commission services will assist the Polish competent authorities during the inspection. Similar inspections were carried out in other Member States and are part of the routine process for approval of establishment by Russia

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