Belgium Summons Reinforcements In Colombia Chip War
Faizan Hashmi 5 days ago Fri 09th November 2018 | 11:44 PM
Belgium, self-proclaimed inventor of the French fry or chip, urged Europe on Friday to help it fight a tariff slapped on its iconic export by Colombia.
Despite being widely dubbed "French", fries are a prized product in Belgium and its frites culture was added to the UNESCO cultural treasures list last year.
Belgian firms deny this, and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says he will ask the European Commission to bring the issue to the World Trade Organization.
"I have had many meetings with our Colombian friends ... but until now without any real effect," Reynders said as he arrived at an EU trade council.
"We are going to ask the commission to do the job and to go to the WTO and start consultations," he warned.
"We have warned (Colombian officials) that we are against what they are doing. We are preparing the legal dossier," Malmstrom added, though she said Brussels has yet to receive official notification by Bogota.
More than 90 percent of production is destined for export and one third of that goes outside Europe.
"For a third time, the anti-dumping procedure is being misused as a form protectionism," Cools told AFP.
Cools also insists that major potato processing multinationals, such as McCain in Canada, hide behind the protectionist wave in the three countries.
"We are powerless," Cools said.