In a vote on July 4, the European Parliament adopted a resolution to condemn the imposition of import duties on certain products (cheese, beef and sheep meat) by Norway, which is accused of protectionism and breaching the spirit of European Economic Area (EEA) agreements. MEPs threatened to take “further action” if the duties are not reduced, reports Aftenposten.
Since January 1, Norway has switched from applying specific duties to ad valorem duties for certain products, explains the daily. As a result, beef is taxed at 344 per cent, lamb at 429 per cent and certain cheeses at 277 per cent.
“The vote is a strong political meassage to the effect that European Commission will be taking this into account ahead of the next round of negotiations with Norway,” explains a Commission spokesman cited by the newspaper.
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