EU And U.S. Agree To More Talks On Hormone Ban

The European Union (EU) and the U.S. agreed this week to further discussions on their long-running dispute (since 1988) over U.S. beef products from cattle raised with the use of growth implants

The European Union (EU) and the U.S. agreed this week to further discussions on their long-running dispute (since 1988) over U.S. beef products from cattle raised with the use of growth implants. As a result, the U.S. will postpone “Carousel” sanctions for two weeks to allow negotiations to continue. The Carousel sanctions would target different products of EU origin on a rotation basis for increased tariffs.

In a telephone conversation this week, EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk agreed to further talks in order to find a negotiated solution.

In a European Commission release, Ashton said:
"We have agreed today that our senior officials will hold further talks with a view to finding a negotiated solution to the long-running dispute over hormone-treated beef. We are both aware that this is a difficult issue that affects businesses and consumers in both the EU and the U.S. We want to overcome those difficulties, and we believe that a solution is within reach that will benefit both sides.

“The agreement we have reached today means that the imposition of so-called 'Carousel' sanctions on certain EU products will be postponed by a further two weeks to facilitate ongoing negotiations.

“When we met in March in Washington, D.C., we committed ourselves to a renewed effort to working through, and where possible resolving, the bilateral disputes in our trade relationship. This gives us the chance to avoid a crisis that would lead to harmful sanctions as well as more litigation at the World Trade Organization. Together we can find a positive and lasting solution to this issue, and we will continue our close cooperation on other outstanding issues in the future."