`Greece Asks for Exemption From U.S. Tariffs on E.U. Products

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Greece Asks for Exemption From U.S. Tariffs on E.U. Products

Aug. 5, 2019
Costas Vasilopoulos

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Dur­ing a meet­ing with the Amer­i­can Ambas­sador to Athens, Geof­frey Pyatt, the Greek Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment and Food, Makis Voridis, requested that Greece be excluded from poten­tial tar­iffs imposed on agri­cul­tural prod­ucts imported in the US from the Euro­pean Union as retal­i­a­tion to EU sub­si­dies to Air­bus.

Voridis said that the close rela­tions Greece and the United States have devel­oped in the con­text of the strate­gic dia­logue jus­tify the exemp­tion.

He also spec­i­fied that mainly the small pro­duc­ers of Greece would be affected by the tar­iffs.

This is a trade war that does not relate to Greece,” he stated. On the con­trary, the pos­si­bil­ity of tar­iffs on farm prod­ucts of Greek inter­est — such as olive oil, table olives, fruit pre­serves and frozen cher­ries — will harm the income of a large num­ber of small-scale pro­duc­ers.”

There was no offi­cial response from Ambas­sador Pyatt to the min­is­ter’s request. The two also dis­cussed the col­lab­o­ra­tion of Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity of New Jer­sey with the Amer­i­can Farm School of Thes­sa­loniki and the Agri­cul­tural Uni­ver­sity of Athens on agri­cul­ture for young farm­ers and alter­na­tive tourism train­ing pro­grams.

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