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Norway Rightists join EU anti-toll rise chorus. Norwegian Conservative (H) MP Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide tells EU MPs her Party is equally partial to scrapping the present government’s cheesy policy. Saying she also likes less toll-protected sheep and meat, she told politicians gathered in Brussels this week, “We believe this tariff change is sending a wrong political signal to our trading partners in the EU now.” “Contributing to a further liberalisation of trade is the right way to go, not oppose it, in a situation where many European countries are experiencing a crisis,” the Norwegian Conservative MP added, agriculture paper Nationen reports her as declaring.

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Norway Rightists join EU anti-toll rise chorus

Published on Wednesday, 27th February, 2013 at 15:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Shruti Chauhan   .
Last Updated on 27th February 2013 at 16:25.

Norwegian Conservative (H) MP Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide tells EU MPs her Party is equally partial to scrapping the present government’s cheesy policy.

European Parliament
European Parliament
Photo: Ssolbergj/Wikimedia Commons


Saying she also likes less toll-protected sheep and meat, she told politicians gathered in Brussels this week, “We believe this tariff change is sending a wrong political signal to our trading partners in the EU now.”

“Contributing to a further liberalisation of trade is the right way to go, not oppose it, in a situation where many European countries are experiencing a crisis,” the Norwegian Conservative MP added, agriculture paper Nationen reports her as declaring.

This in reply to former food and farming Minister Lars Peder Brekk’s claim reversing the present newish system would be an attack on the country’s agriculture industry.

Her comments come as shoppers in Norway are paying the price for their penchant for certain foreign cheeses and choice lamb and beef cuts.

The ‘sheep bell’ Centre Party (Sp) hammered-through change came into force at the beginning of this year.

Included in 2012’s draft national budget proposal, it is designed to protect Norway’s farmers and their trade.

Norwegian government politicians also want to increase Norwegian food production by about 20 percent over the next few years to cope with anticipated future demand due to population increases.

In conversation with The Foreigner, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide MP says it continues to leave a bad taste in many MEPs mouths.

“Whilst the overall picture from our annual meetings is that inter-Scandinavian relationships are solid, I sensed this one was substantially different to all the others. There was definitely some tension there.”

Danish MEP Bendt Bendtsen has already attacked Norway for acting selfishly, the country’s Trade and Investment Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr, said she was to take the issue to the EU, and the EU considering sanctions. Mr Bendtsen reiterated his support for this.

“One of the interesting things at this week’s meeting was Swedish MEP Christoffer Fjellner’s comments,” adds Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide MP, about him backing Norway a few years ago when the EU aimed to restrict the import of Norwegian salmon.

“He commented that he might be reluctant to support Norway next time around when it needs it,” she recounts.

Things may get bloody amongst the Scandinavian hydrangeas.




Published on Wednesday, 27th February, 2013 at 15:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Shruti Chauhan   .
Last updated on 27th February 2013 at 16:25.

This post has the following tags: norwayeu, norwayimporttariffs, cheeseandmeattollsnorway.





  
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