ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Jan 2014
In January 2014, the European Commission announced a change in financial export support.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
News 17 January 2013 , EC official website:
Full text of the speech:
List of countries in EPAs with the EU.
List of products under the Export refund scheme:
http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/eval/reports/fruitveg/part1_fulltext.pdf (page 13)
also EC Regulation 1961/2001: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32001R1961
On 16 January 2014, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Development, Dacian Ciolos announced to stop all export refund schemes for certain African developing countries.
The Commissioner stated: 'Since 1 January, EU legislation is also very clear: export refunds have ceased to exist as a means of systematically supporting a sector. Moreover, I would like to tell you this evening, in the framework of preferential partnership agreements with African countries: I am prepared to go one step further. I am ready to propose to stop, once and for all, the use of export refunds to those developing country destinations - even in times of crisis when this instrument can still be used." (Berlin International Green Week, 16 January 2014)
This announcement is in line with the recent suspensions of export refund schemes for beef, eggs, poultry and pigmeat (see related measures). Nevertheless only African countries that signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU will benefit from the pledge.
The list of affected countries is based on the current EPA negotiations including countries that are still negotiating but have not yet signed an agreement. (latest update of the list: 10 November 2013).