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Norwegian farmers fear more British dairy imports after a trade agreement

Agricultural organizations in Norway are concerned about a free trade agreement that Oslo wants to conclude with the United Kingdom. The fact that the British now apply fewer criteria for food quality after their departure from the European Union is particularly worrying for the Norwegian dairy industry.

The negotiations between London and Oslo are in a final phase. Norway is not a member of the European Union, but does cooperate with the EU in many areas, especially international (treaty) issues. Norway does have its own import and export treaty with the EU, which included the British until last year.

The British now apply different quality requirements in their milk and cheese production, and can therefore produce (slightly) cheaper, which could put pressure on Norwegian dairy sales in their own country. The free trade agreement will erode our Norwegian self-sufficiency and weaken Norwegian agricultural incomes, the Norwegian dairy industry says.

In addition, the treaty is in violation of the UN's commitments to sustainability, it is said. With the latter, Norwegian agriculture refers to the criticism in the EU of the Mercosur treaty in which the environmental degradation in the Brazilian jungle has not been taken into account.

The trade agreement is being settled behind closed doors. The UN Declaration on Agriculture (UNDROP, Article 13) states that those affected by a trade deal have the right to be heard. Despite this, the agricultural sector has not been given the opportunity.

The international committee in the Norwegian Farmers 'and Smallholders' Association (NBS) therefore believes that the import of home-grown food from the UK is not desirable and should be excluded from the Norwegian Brexit agreement. will not have an increased import quota for meat and cheese.

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