Investigation shows imports have harmed EU salmon producers –

Investigation shows imports have harmed EU salmon producers Published:  11 June, 2004

Preliminary findings from European Commission investigations are that there has been a major escalation of salmon imports into the Community from non-member states and that the volume of imports has adversely EU producers.

However possible decisions on action to control the imports flow will have to wait until next Wednesday June 16th and possibly later, a European Commission spokeswoman explained today, Friday June 11th.

She said they had already initiated safeguard investigations to see whether imports of salmon from all third countries into the EU are “hurting” EU salmon producers, mainly located in Scotland and Ireland.

They had conducted this investigation since March last year and had now come to some preliminary conclusions, which were shared with the member state representatives this week.

She added: “Basically, these pointed to a huge increase in the volume of salmon imports and secondly, we have been able to verify there was injury suffered by the EU salmon producers. So we have all the elements necessary to impose safeguard measures.

“We have told member states and some of them said they need a bit more time to consider this and they will come back to us by next Wednesday, which means we will then have a clearer view of what our member states think and want.

“After that the European Commission will have to take a decision, but first we have to hear what the member states want us to do.

“If there is no opposition from member states, the Commission can take measures but if any member states want this taken to the Council, then we need a qualified majority of member states to vote in favour of the measures at the Council.”

She added that Norway was not specifically being targeted, although Norway is one of the largest suppliers to the European market.