As the debate about whether the Muppet Show’s Swedish chef is speaking Swedish or Norwegian continues, Norway’s other Scandinavian neighbours the Danes are unhappy with tariffs imposed on agricultural products including cheese and flowers, especially Hydrangeas.
The matter has become so flower sour that Danish Trade and Investment Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr is planning to take the issue to the EU, complaining of protectionism.
She told Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv (DN) in an email that “Norway increased tariffs on hydrangeas from zero to 72 percent in July without warning. It hits Danish horticultural nurseries hard, because they have adapted their production for continued exports to Norway.”
“I therefore took the matter up with [Norwegian Trade and Industry Minister] Trond Giske,” she wrote, having also communicated with Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Finance Sigbjørn Johnsen, and Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, Minister of Agriculture and Food.
Trond Giske said the Danes must accept Norway’s agricultural policy.
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