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Brussels Halts Free Trade Agreement with Macedonia

Macedonian International News Agency (MINA)

Brussels Halts Free Trade Agreement with Macedonia

4 November 2011

Brussels has refused to renew the duty-free agreement with Macedonia. The free export resolution expired in December last year and documents for its renewal have not been prepared yet.

The greatest consequences of this situation have been felt by Mak fruit and vegetables exporters.

Europe has surely acted in a very protectionist manner. Now it charges Macedonia for import of agricultural products because their prices are lower than the EU prices.

Mak Economic chambers are not aware of the problem, while CEFTA consultants warn that some interventions will have to be carried out due to the problem. Macedonia’s export to CEFTA countries increased by 27 percent, while import grew by 36 percent.