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Meet EU norms, marine exporters told

INDIAN EXPORTERS of marine products, especially sea food, must strive towards meeting the stringent sanitary norms practiced in the European Union (EU), said Malcolm Subhan, vice-chair, European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels, Belgium, on Monday.Subhan is here to attend a two-day information seminar on ?European Union for the Indian Media? being organised by Delegation of European Commission to India at Hotel Taj Residency in the State capital.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 01:06 IST

INDIAN EXPORTERS of marine products, especially sea food, must strive towards meeting the stringent sanitary norms practiced in the European Union (EU), said Malcolm Subhan, vice-chair, European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels, Belgium, on Monday.

Subhan is here to attend a two-day information seminar on “European Union for the Indian Media” being organised by Delegation of European Commission to India at Hotel Taj Residency in the State capital.

Talking to HT, he said Indian business interests were very poorly represented in Brussles — the EU’s nerve centre for enabling international trade and business globally. “The Americans lobby very hard on trade related matters in Brussles to expand their markets in the EU. We unfortunately don’t have a strong Indian business lobby in Brussels which can promote wide acceptance of high quality Indian imports into the EU,” Subhan said.

“I must also say that the Indian sea food imports arriving in EU ports get rejected on account of their failure to meet stringent global quality norms on sanitation practiced across the European Union,” Subhan added.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Dr Alexander Spachis, Minister-Counsellor (Political Affairs & Coordination) of the EU, Delegation of the European Commission to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka said the European Union and India need to work towards bridging the communication gap in understanding each other’s trade and business environment. On the growing popularity of the Euro compared to the British Pound in the global currency markets, Spachis said that ever since the Euro came into circulation in the global currency markets, people in the EU nations had to learn very quickly about the new currency in circulation.

“The Euro is undoubtedly a very popular currency now among international traders,” he commented. Speaking at a session on ‘EU Institutions’, Maria Luara Franciosi, a freelance journalist from Brussels, said the comparison of Euro with the British Pound by the international community did not bother people in the European Union. The EU relentlessly worked towards keeping Euro rates stable in the global currency markets. “If currency rates fluctuate, one starts losing money,” she added.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 01:06 IST