Trade bans on sheepmeat

26 April 2012 E-004402/2012 Rareş-Lucian Niculescu (PPE)

Turkey has banned imports of sheepmeat from Romania since 2002, arguing that a significant number of cases of scrapie have occurred. Moreover, since 1 January 2012, Turkey has also banned the transit through its territory of sheep and sheepmeat originating from Romania. This means that access to Arab markets has been blocked. According to data from the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority, scrapie was only detected in 256 sheep in the period 2002‑2011.

Can the Commission state whether, in view of the rules adopted by the World Organisation for Animal Health, it does not view this ban as excessive?


22 June 2012
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

Turkey only allows transit through its territory of animals and animal products that comply with its import conditions; this principle is also applied by the EU.

The Commission is fully aware of the difficulties encountered by EU exporters and discussions with Turkey are ongoing on this issue. The Commission considers that some current Turkish import conditions are not justified and aims to obtain harmonised conditions for all EU Member States wishing to export to Turkey.