ANNOUNCEMENT 12 Sep 2012
In 2012, according to the Permanent Delegation of Norway to the WTO, Norway has reclassified hortensia leading to an increased import tariff for the flower.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
WTO (2017). Trade Monitoring Database. Retrieved on 19 July 2017 from http://tmdb.wto.org
NEWSinENGLISH.no. (2012). "Fuss over flowers sows EU complaint". Retrieved on 21 July 2017 from http://www.newsinenglish.no/2012/09/12/fuss-over-flowers-sows-eu-complaint/
Library Briefing. (2013). "Increase of Norway's import duties for some agricultural products: impact and reactions". Retrieved on 21 July 2017 from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/bibliotheque/briefing/2013/130584/LDM_BRI(2013)130584_REV1_EN.pdf
By reclassifying the product, Norway has de facto introduced a 72% import duty on the hortensia flower. According to the Library of the European Parliament (cf. Sources), this has caused "turbulence in EU- Norway relations, generally close and smooth". According to a Norwegian website (cf. Sources), Denmark has been mainly affected by the increase and has issued a complaint with the EU authorities.
The Norwegian delegation reported the intervention only on 9 December 2012. However, as the earliest press report on the matter was published on 12 September 2012, that date was set as the announcement and inception date.