Norway to take salmon issue to WTO – Fishupdate.com

Norway to take salmon issue to WTO Published:  21 February, 2006

NORWEGIAN opposition to the EU anti-dumping measures imposed on its salmon sector moved up a notch today when the Norwegian Government confirmed it is taking the issue to the World Trade Organisation (WTO.)

The new move is in line with Norwegian salmon producers’ demands and follows hard on the heels of Norwegian major Fjord Seafood’s decision to take legal action against the EU over the introduction of the permanent minimum import prices (MIP) regime for Norwegian salmon.

Fjord is filing a lawsuit in a bid to seek annulment of the EU sanctions on a permanent basis, and to secure Fjord Seafood’s legal interests in relation to a potential subsequent case for damages brought against the EU should Fjord suffer financial losses due to the introduction of permanent minimum import prices.

In today’s announcement, the Norwegian government said it has decided to bring the EU action of permanent antidumping measures against imports of Norwegian farmed salmon to the WTO.

The Norwegian authorities said in a statement that the Norwegian Government has had a constructive dialogue with the European Commission with the aim of finding a solution as an alternative to taking the case to the WTO.

The Norwegian minister of foreign affairs Jonas Gahr Store said: “We have in our contacts with the EU expressed that we consider the anti dumping action against Norwegian salmon to be contrary to the WTO’ s rules. To bring the action in front of the WTO for a solution will give a clarification. I hope that this will help get the action repealed and that the situation for Norwegian salmon on the EU market will become normalised.”

On January 21 the EU gave the MIP regime the green light for a five year regime with a minimum import price of € 2.8 per kilogram for whole fresh and frozen farmed salmon from Norway (with the exception of one producer that the Commission did not find guilty of dumping) For different processing degrees of fresh and frozen salmon the minimum import price is higher.

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