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United States | Brussels, 27 May 2011

Hormones Case: Statement on the US announcement to lift sanctions on certain EU products imported to the US

We have seen that US has terminated the imposition of trade sanctions that were levied as part of the Hormones case on certain EU products imported into the US. We welcome this step by which the US is moving forward ahead of time in their implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on High Quality Beef – this is a very positive signal and welcome step towards the settlement of this dispute.

We also remain fully committed to the Memorandum of Understanding and are working internally to prepare a Commission proposal for Council and Parliament to authorise the movement to the next phase, whereby the EU will further increase market access opportunities for non-hormone treated US beef.

Our cooperation with the US on the Hormones case is one example of a pragmatic approach to tackle transatlantic trade issues that can help solve outstanding issues, including in the context of dispute settlement. We look forward to continuing to work with the US in the same cooperative spirit on this and other issues. 

John Clancy, EU Trade Spokesman
Roger Waite, EU Agriculture Spokesman

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