MEPs back temporary elimination of tariffs on seven Moldovan fruit and vegetables

The European Parliament plenary on Tuesday backed the European Commission's proposal to temporarily eliminate tariffs on plums, table grapes, apples, tomatoes, garlic, cherries, and grape juice arriving in the European Union from Moldova, and to double the quotas for these seven Moldovan agricultural products for one year, as their export is not yet fully liberalized.

Temporary liberalization will help Moldovan producers and companies to overcome the loss of the Russian, Belarusian, and Ukrainian markets due to Russia's war against Ukraine, diverting that trade towards the EU, the European Parliament stated.

According to data from the European Commission, potential duty-free volumes will now be worth around €55 million, including around €10 million of plums and €27 million of table grapes.

The EU Council (which represents the governments of the 27 EU countries) should approve the decision later this month and the measure will enter into force the day after it is published in the Official Journal of the EU.



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