European Union blocks entry to Turkish watermelons and tomatoes

The European Parliament (EP) and the Council of the European Union (EU) have issued a regulation whereby two import quotas from Turkey will be suspended, one for 14,000 tonnes/year of fresh watermelons and another for 30,000 tonnes/year of processed or preserved tomatoes.

Regulation 2015/756, published by the Official Bulletin of the European Union, states that this measure has been taken "to protect the commercial interests of the EU" and "to balance the situation" after Turkey's refusal to open its borders to live cattle and restrict beef imports from the EU.

They explain that the EU and Turkey signed an Association Agreement and that the position of the Turkish Government on the EU beef "prevents the EU from benefiting from the concessions granted to it by decision 1/98" and "despite consultations to reach a negotiated solution to this problem."


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