The Commission has asked the European Court of Justice to fine France for every day the ban on UK beef remains in place. This is the second time France is taken to court for refusing to import beef from the UK.
The European Commission has now called on the European Court of Justice to put pressure on France to lift the ban. It asks the Court to fine France 158,250 euro per day the ban remains. The Court will most likely use the “accelerated procedure” and announce its decision in 3-4 months time.
The French Prime Minister Raffarin, as well as the Agriculture Minister Gaymard, have stated that France will not lift the ban unconditionally. The French food safety authority (Afssa) has been asked to do further research of the risks of UK meet. The results are to be presented in September. Afssa claims that up till now the data on the safety measures taken in the UK from 1996 have been too weak to use for evaluation and comparison.