European Commission pledges continued support over EU ban on trade in seal products
Posted on 01/08/2013
Eurogroup for Animals is pleased to share the support recently expressed by the European Commission. The ban, which entered into force in 2009, is being challenged by Canada and Norway at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as discriminatory to trade.
In the letters, the Directorate general in charge of Trade, and the Directore general in charge of Health and Consumers defend the existing regulation. The EU ban is recognised to be ‘fully in compliance with WTO rules and has neither protectionist intent nor effect and it is entirely non-discriminatory’. Furthermore, the Commission highlights the fact that the regulation was designed to give voice to a moral concern expressed by EU citizens.
The WTO formed a panel in October 2012 to consider whether the EU legislation on trade in seal products is consistent with the EU’s obligations under WTO rules. The panel is expected to issue a final report in October 2013, before adopting it in December 2013.