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EU safeguard measures against Norwegian salmon – Norwegian statement in the EEA Joint Committe

The Norwegian ambassador, Bjørn T. Grydeland, raised the issue of introduction of EU safeguard measures against the import of Norwegian salmon at the meeting of the EEA Joint Committee today, 4 February 2005. The Norwegian government deeply regrets the introduction of such measures.

04/02/2005 :: “Norway is of the firm opinion that the WTO criteria for imposing such safeguard measures are not met and that trade defense measure are neither legally justified nor called for”, Mr. Grydeland stated.

The ambassador continued by saying that there is no legal basis for the proposed measures, and that none of the required conditions or criteria for the introduction of safeguard measures are met in this case matter. He also emphasised that the introduction of a minimum import price (MIP) will have serious effect on the market mechanisms to the detriment of European consumers, processors as well as primary producers of salmon.

It was finally underlined by Grydeland that “Norway reserves all its rights under applicable WTO provisions and will assess the need for pursuing this case in the WTO”.

Iceland also expressed strong opposition to the safeguard measures imposed by the Commission.

The full statement given by Norway in the EEA Joint Committee can be found here

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Photo: Norwegian seafood export council