January 27, 2012
EU to cease ban on Thailand's chicken
The EU is expected to cease its ban on Thailand's fresh chicken exports to the 27-member trading bloc later this year, according to Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Kittirat Na-Ranong.
Kittirat told reporters that the Thai ambassador to Brussels, as well as agriculture and commerce authorities, have met John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, to discuss the EU ban.
He also quoted the European Commissioner as saying that the EU is satisfied with conditions of Thailand's poultry facilities and food safety measures and is unlikely to renew its ban in mid-2012, noting, however, that all EU member states have yet to approve the stance. The European Commissioner has urged Thailand to treat EU's exports to Thailand accordingly.
According to the Thai Deputy Premier, discussions on the EU ban have been conducted at many forums. He has also met European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, during the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva last December and wrote to three European Commissioners, requesting for the lifting of the ban against Thai food products.
The Deputy Premier is satisfied with the latest development and believed that the cancellation of the ban would allow Thailand to restore market shares in the major EU market and raise demand for domestic farm produce and earnings for local farmers.