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Friday, 24 February 2012

More complaints on EU rules

EU rules appear to encourage discussion again. As import restrictions have forced 30 staff of a sugar refinery in London into unemployment and resulted in a halting of weekend production, Marina Yannakoudakis,  British MEP advices the European Commission to relax the rules.
Some of her words say: In the heart of London's docklands, […] is Tate & Lyle's Silvertown sugar refinery. It opened in 1878 and has survived the regeneration of the docklands area […] But this could all be under threat because of inflexible European Union trading restrictions. The refinery in my London constituency has recently been forced to lay off 30 members of staff and stop weekend production because of EU import rules […] Because of the EU's preferential access rules, Tate & Lyle can only buy sugar cane from the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states and the least developed countries. Due to these restrictions the company has been unable to source sugar cane in the quantities that it needs for the Silvertown refinery.
“This is distorting the market and unreasonably penalising sugar cane refiners such as Tate & Lyle. The commission needs to see sense and treat sugar cane refiners fairly. It must urgently relax the rules on the imports of sugar cane – while also relaxing the tariffs – […]I shall be lobbying the commission's Directorates-General for Agriculture and Trade to ensure that sugar cane refiners get fair access to raw materials.”

Source: Public Service Europe