Ukraine war derails French plan to impose stricter food standards on non-EU countries

Friday, June 10, 2022
Between sky-high food prices and millions of tons of wheat stuck in Ukrainian silos, a French proposal meant to impose stricter regulations on imported food and animal feed looks dead and buried. Faced with opposition from countries both inside and outside the bloc — and warnings from the European Commission of legal trouble if enacted — the provisions known as "mirror clauses" are likely not to become a standard feature of the EU's trade deals any time soon. Not to mention a global food crisis that has meant the EU is now focused on removing barriers to food trade. That marks a defeat for France, whose former agriculture minister said that such clauses — meant for third countries to "mirror" the EU's own standards — were the first, second and third priority of its presidency of the Council of the EU this year.
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