The European Union and the United States signed Friday in Washington D.C. an agreement reviewing the functioning of an existing quota to import hormone-free beef into the EU.
According to the EU, this is another deliverable of the cooperation fostered by the Joint Statement issued by Presidents Juncker and Trump in July 2018 establishing a positive EU-U.S. bilateral trade agenda.
In 2009, the EU and the U.S. concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), revised in 2014, which provides a solution to a longstanding dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the use of certain growth-promoting hormones in beef production. Under the agreement, a 45,000 tonnes quota of non-hormone treated beef was open by the EU to qualifying suppliers, which included the United States.
The agreement signed Friday is fully in line with WTO rules and establishes that that 35,000 tonnes of this quota will now be allocated to the U.S., phased over a 7 years period, with the remaining amount left available for all other exporters.
The overall volume of the quota opened in 2009 remains unchanged, just like the quality and safety of beef imported into the EU, which will remain in compliance with the high European standards.
The agreement was negotiated on a basis of a mandate from EU Member States and approved by them in the Council on July 15, 2019. The Council will now recommend the agreement to the European Parliament for formal approval, so that it can enter into force in the near future.