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Norway appeals salmon safeguard measures to WTO

The Norwegian government declared February 9 its decision to appeal the EU salmon safeguard measures to the WTO. The government holds that the measures are unlawful.

15/02/2006 :: ”When the EU Commission has decided to adopt these measures against Norwegian salmon, we have to respond by pursuing the matter within the WTO. We believe that the EU has no grounds for their protective measures,”says Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.

The decision comes a day after Prime Minister Bondevik met with Commissioner President Barroso in Brussels, where they discussed the farmed salmon safeguard measures but failed to agree on the issue. 

“The Norwegian salmon industry is efficient and able to compete in the market without any forms of government funding. This benefits the consumers and industry in the EU. Norway’s goal has been to find a solution that could contribute to a more just and predictable trade regime” says Prime Minister Bondevik.

Chile has also requested consultations with the WTO on the safeguard measures.

 

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 Photo: Norwegian Seafood Export Council