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Israel Signs New Agricultural
Agreement with the EU on 4 November 2009
Israel and the European
Community signed a new agreement concerning reciprocal liberalization measures
on agricultural products, processed agricultural products and fishery products.
The agreement is set to improve market access significantly, and abolish over
95% of customs duties and levies on processed agricultural products. It will
also enable approximately 80% of fresh produce to be exempt from all customs
The agreement was signed
in Brussels by Israel's Ambassador Ran Curiel, and the Swedish Ambassador to
the EU, Christian Danielsson. The new agreement is an updated version of the
agreement that was first signed in the 1970's. Since then, several amendments
have been made to reflect the far-reaching changes that have been needed by
In his speech,
Ambassador Curiel stressed that the relations between the EU and Israel are
longstanding and intensive, spanning 50 years in which Israeli agriculture
became a sector based on capital investment and technological innovation. He
added that, "Today Israel offers the European consumer a broad and diverse
range of fresh and processed food products of the highest quality. European
consumers look to Israeli products for their quality, freshness and
Israeli agricultural exports to the EU amount to nearly one billion Euros.
conditions in the southern part of the country have spurred the development of
cutting edge, innovative technologies, which have yielded an impressively high
output of fruits and vegetables. More than 60% of Israeli exports to Europe
originate in this arid terrain, where rainfall amounts to less than 50mm per