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Europe to announce market stabilisation measures next week to respond to Russian embargo

August 14, 2014, 19:29 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development said the measures next week and they would be proportionate and economically effective
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BRUSSELS, August 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The European Commission will announce a set of measures next week which should help to stabilise European markets after Russia’s food import restrictions, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos said on Thursday.

Ciolos said he would present the measures next week and they would be proportionate and economically effective.

The commissioner said the situation required quick and improved access to regional data concerning certain agricultural sectors and increased monitoring.

The European Commission is planning to hold weekly expert consultations on the situation in the market.

Commenting on the results of Thursday’s technical meeting of agricultural experts in Brussels, who discussed potential effects of Russia’s food embargo and response to it, Ciolos assured European producers that the European Commission would not leave them without support.

Italy, which holds European Union presidency now, has called for convening a meeting of 28 EU agricultural ministers in Brussels on September 5 to discuss the situation.

On August 6, President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order on countermeasures to Western sanctions.

The document entitled “On the Application of Certain Special Economic Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation” prohibits or restricts, for one year, the import of certain kinds of agricultural products, raw materials and food originating in a country that has imposed economic sanctions against Russian companies and (or) individuals or has joined such sanctions.

Under the executive order, “Russian state bodies of power, federal authorities, local self-government bodies, legal entities established in accordance with Russian law, and physical individuals under Russian jurisdiction shall, in carrying out their activities, respect for a duration of one year following this Executive Order’s entry into force a ban or restriction on foreign economic operations involving the import to Russia of particular kinds of agricultural produce, raw materials and foodstuffs originating in countries that have decided to impose economic sanctions on Russian legal entities and/or physical individuals, or have joined such decisions”.

The Russian government has been given relevant instructions. In particular, it has been instructed “to take measures to ensure balanced goods markets and prevent accelerating price rises for agricultural products and foodstuffs; to organise together with regional authorities timely monitoring of goods markets; and act together with associations of goods producers, retailers and organisations to take measures to increase supply of domestic goods”, the executive order said.

The executive order took effect upon its signing.

On the same day, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a resolution banning the import of beef, pork, cheese, fowl, milk, and fish from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada, and Norway for one year.

The ban came in response to the Western sanctions imposed against Russia by the US, the EU, Canada, and Japan.

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