Egypt Independent

Egypt to seek lift of EU ban on 15 agricultural products

A round of negotiations between Egyptian Agriculture Ministry experts and the European Union (EU) will start on 21 August, as Egypt seeks to lift the EU ban on 15 of its agricultural goods, said Salah Youssef, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.

Youssef noted that the EU banned the entry of these goods into European markets following an E. coli outbreak a few months back that was blamed on Egyptian seeds.

He told Al-Masry Al-Youm that an EU delegation would visit Egypt soon to inspect measures being carried out by agricultural authorities to ensure the safety of their products.

Youssef expected that an agreement to lift the ban on some goods would be a positive first step toward ending the EU’s ban 15 agricultural exports.

The minister added that Egypt looks forward to increasing its exports to Europe, especially agricultural exports.

Translated from the Arabic Edition