EU requires from Russia 1.4 billion euros a year for banning import of pork, - Politico

It is planned that the amount of penalties each year will increase by 15%
17:54, 7 January 2018
The EU demands to claw back from Russia 1.39 billion euros annually because of restrictions on the importation of pork. According to Politico with reference to its sources, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has already sent the demand of Brussels to the arbitration court.

The publication reminds that in 2016 WTO decided that Russia had introduced an illegal ban on the import of pork from the EU. These measures have become a "heavy blow to farmers from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands."

"Sanctions have become the opportunity for Russia to increase production of meat after the competition with foreign companies in the market has disappeared," the article reads. Brussels, by its actions, as the newspaper notes, begins to actively challenge the legitimacy of politically motivated food sanctions against the EU. "

The compensation required by Brussels - 1.39 billion euros is equal to the total value of exports of pork from the EU to Russia in 2013. It is planned that the amount of penalties each year will increase by 15%.
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We recall, in early 2014, the Russian authorities imposed a ban on the import of pork from the EU. The reason for this was the African swine fever (ASF) reported in 2013 in Lithuania and Poland. In 2016, the WTO decided that the Russian embargo runs counter to the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the WTO. The appeal of Russia was rejected.

In the winter of 2017, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia announced that the WTO requirements had been met, and the ban on meat import had been lifted. However, the import of pork remained banned as part of the Russian economic response to the sectoral sanctions of the European Union.
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