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August 2008

Common Fisheries Policy

1. EU lifts anti-dumping duties on large rainbow trout imported from Norway
2. EU and Seychelles ratify Fisheries Partnership Agreement; effective 24 July 2008
3. EU extends duty free derogation for 3,000 tonnes of non-originating tuna from the Seychelles in 2008
4. EU approves duty free derogation for 1,561 tonnes/year of non-originating fishery products from Cape Verde until 2010
5. EC and Israel agree further liberalisation of trade in agricultural and fishery products
6. European Commission brings Regional Advisory Council for Mediterranean Sea into operation.
7. Stop fishing notices published for several species and fleet segments

Fish hygiene

8. Rapid alerts notified for 25 consignments of fishery products imported into the EC.
9. Safeguard measures imposed on shrimp from Bangladesh; antibiotic testing of each consignment required
10. DG SANCO suspending imports of live Cyprinids from Malaysia
11. DG SANCO reports on a mission to Uruguay; previous shortcomings corrected
12. EFSA expresses concern regarding antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in foods of animal origin

Common Fisheries Policy

1. The European Council passed a regulation lifting the anti-dumping duties imposed by the EC on large rainbow trout imported from Norway, as a result of an investigation which found that producers were no longer engaging in export pricing at margins less than those represented by domestic sales.

2. The European Community and the Government of the Republic of Seychelles notified each other of the completion of the ratification procedures necessary for entry into force of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement. The Agreement accordingly entered into force on 24 July 2008.

3. The European Commission has extended the temporary derogation to the Seychelles, for the duty free import to the EC of up to 3,000 tonnes of non- originating tuna and tuna products in 2008, to compensate for the low catches and lack of raw material, and to ensure an orderly transition within the frame of the ESA-EU Interim Partnership Agreement.

4. The European Commission also granted a temporary derogation to Cape Verde, for the duty free import to the EC of up to 1,561 tonnes/year of three species of non-originating tuna and other fishery products during the period 2008-2010, to compensate for the loss of derogations under the ACP preferences, pending the signature of an Economic Partnership Agreement.

5. The EC and Israel reached a preliminary agreement to liberalise trade in agricultural and processed agricultural products and fish and fishery products, with across-the-board tariff reductions.

6. The Commission has passed a decision bringing into operation the Regional Advisory Council for Mediterranean Sea. The RAC will comprise representatives from Greece, Spain, France, Cyprus, Malta, and Slovenia.

7. Due to exhaustion of quota, stop fishing notices were published for Swedish vessels fishing for industrial fish, Polish vessels fishing for saithe, United Kingdom vessels fishing for ling, German vessels fishing for hake, tusk, megrims and skate, Spanish vessels fishing for haddock and cod, and Belgian vessels fishing for megrim.

Fish hygiene

8. Rapid alerts were notified to the European Commission for failure to comply with health conditions for 25 consignments of fishery products, including pasteurized black caviar from Austria, salted mackerel in soya bean oil from Thailand, unauthorised seaweed extract from Vietnam, chilled anchovies from Croatia and shortfin mako from Namibia.

9. Following the continued detection of residues of banned antibiotics in shrimp from Bangladesh, and the findings of a DG SANCO mission which identified serious shortcomings as regards the residue control system and a lack of appropriate laboratory capacity, the European Commission has acted to introduce safeguard measures. From the 24th July, consignments must be accompanied by a test certificate from the place of origin, or be subject to testing on arrival in the EU. Testing must be conducted at the expense of the exporter or consignee.

10. Following an inspection mission to Malaysia by DG SANCO, which found serious deficiencies in the animal health control system for farmed and wild fish, the European Commission has passed a decision suspending imports of live fish belonging to the Cyprinidae family, and their eggs and gametes intended for farming and ornamental purposes. Other tropical ornamental fish species imported from Malaysia are not affected.

11. The Food and Veterinary Office of DG SANCO reported on a mission to Uruguay in May 2008, with regard to meeting the conditions for supply of fishery and aquaculture products to the EU market. The mission found that shortcomings identified in a previous mission in 2007 had been satisfactorily addressed by the Competent Authority and fishery business operators. New inspection staff had also been recruited by the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries. However a number of recommendations were made, including strengthened sampling and testing of fishery products.

12. The EFSA Panel on Biological Hazards gave a scientific opinion with regard to the extent to which food serves as a source for the acquisition, by humans, of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria or bacteria-borne antimicrobial resistance genes. The panel found that foodborne bacteria display an increasing, extensive and diverse range of resistance to anti-microbiotics of human and veterinary importance. The panel recommended that measures to counter resistance of known pathogenic bacteria to fluoroquinolones and cephalosporins should be strengthened.

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