CELCAA Position on EU-MEXICO FTA March 12, 2015

CELCAA has answered the survey of Ecorys on the implementation of the current EU-Mexico FTA and possible future modernisation of the FTA. 
The EU negotiators should clearly address the current import limitations impacting EU exports to Mexico, for a successful outcome of the negotiations – such as tariff peaks on some agricultural products, the unjustifiably long process of approving EU meat establishments for the export of fresh meat to Mexico or approval of dairy plants for exports of dairy products and the lack of protection for Geographical Indications.

CELCAA Secretary-General, Pascale Rouhier, said “From the start, the EU agri-food chain has been a strong supporter of an ambitious EU-Japan FTA. I hope that expectations from the sector will be met in terms of tariffs elimination, and the removal of non-tariff barriers impacting EU exports. We also welcome the fact that Japan has agreed to recognise the EU system of Geographical Indications (GIs) to protect our agri-food products from imitations. Such a deal could result in a significant increase in our exports of high-value added products to Japan”.

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