French want additional guarantees on beef
Saturday 13 November 1999
Despite an angry assessment from the French agriculture minister, Jean Glavany, and calls for concessions from the UK, officials believe a settlement will be reached. Yesterday's talks were said to have "made progress". Mr Glavany said in Britain there is "a kind of anti-French, Francophobe fury, with xenophobic overtones" and he gave no hint of French compromise.
"The English are pretending they think we want explanations and clarifications whereas what we want are additional guarantees," he said. "We're not getting those guarantees. Our experts are going around in circles." He also contrasted what he called the "hatred towards us when the Germans, where 16 out of 16 federal states have voted against lifting the embargo, are spared any criticism".
On Monday Mr Glavany will meet Nick Brown, his British counterpart on the eve of the European Commission's deadline for launching legal action, providing an 11th-hour opportunity for agreement.
Yesterday one senior Brussels source said even if formal legal proceedings are started on Tuesday, "all parties are committed to carry on their negotiations". The French premier, Lionel Jospin, in talks on Thursday with Romano Prodi, the European Commission president, tried to postpone legal action but Brussels views this as almost impossible.
Two issues remain unresolved, one being labelling of British beef, the other, more difficult one being traceability. Yesterday Mr Glavany repeated that the UK should guarantee that exported beef came from herds free from BSE.
But this assurance, which would require a fundamental change in the UK's Date-Based Export Scheme, is France's ideal, and not its bottom line in negotiations. One French source said technical talks which took place in Brussels yesterday had "made progress", and EU officials characterised the meeting as "really constructive".
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