Commission hits back at IFA over ‘sweetheart deal’ and ‘sub-standard’ beef import claims

Commission hits back at IFA over ‘sweetheart deal’ and ‘sub-standard’ beef import claims


The EU Commission has hit back at comments from the IFA that the agreement between the EU and the US on the importation of beef amounted a ‘sweetheart deal with President Trump’ and that sub-standard beef coming into the EU.

A spokesperson for the Commission said the suggestion as well as what it described as the ‘misleading association’ of the agreement with the political deal reached recently with Mercosur, demonstrate a ‘fundamental misunderstanding’ of what has been agreed with the United States.

“The reality is that this agreement is no more than a solution to a longstanding dispute in the WTO, going back to the 1990s and replaces an interim solution reached in 2009.”

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Ciaran Moran