Dialogue on important negotiation issues
Guest speaker at the IFFA annual meeting 2017 was Mr. Benjamin Musall from DG Trade in the European Commission. He informed the audience about Mr. Musall informed the audience about the ongoing trade negotiations and how forest products have been dealt with.
|Mr. Benjamin Musall informed about ongoing trade negotiations with Russia, Belarusl Ukrain, Canada, Japan and China|
Title of his speech was “Ongoing Trade Negotiations, an EU COM perspective”
Mr. Musall gave a very interested audience an overview of trade issues relevant for EU forestry sector with relevance to forest owners in other continents as well.
He gave and overview of important ongoing market access cases among them
Russia – birch logs export quotas and export tariff-rate quotas for spruce and pine
Belarus – wood export restrictions
Ukraine – wood export ban
New opportunities – EU-Canada and EU-Japan
Selection of EU-EFTA negotiations
The audience and the guest speaker had a very fruitful discussion and Mr. Musall invited the annual meeting representative to contact him in DG Trade.