Lukashenko puts an embargo on Italian cuisine – Il Tempo
Alexander Lukashenko puts the embargo on food products made in Italy after the sanctions decided by the European Union against Belarus because of the behavior towards migrants attracted from third countries to the borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. This was announced by Coldiretti pointing out that the entry ban takes effect from January 1, 2022 against a series of products from Italy as well as from other states of the European Union, from the United States of America, Canada, Norway and Albania. , Iceland, North Macedonia, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Montenegro and Switzerland.
The list of Made in Italy products subject to embargo includes – explains Coldiretti – pork, beef, a series of by-products, sausages, marinated meat, dried or smoked meat, edible meat-based flour or meat by-products, milk and dairy products. – dairy products (with a few exceptions), vegetables, fruits and nuts, animal fats and other oils, sausages and similar products, confectionery, salt and other basic products. But the Belarusian government has already announced – says Coldiretti – its intention to expand the list of banned goods if “more destructive actions” are taken against the country. And a regulation on quotas for the import of certain types of goods has also been approved.
This is a decision that endangers Italian food exports to Belarus, which in 2021 will reach a total value of 38 million euros, according to a projection by Coldiretti on Istat data, with a 23% increase in the first eight months of the year. year compared to twelve months earlier. But what is also worrying is Lukashenko’s announcement that he intends to take steps to balance the consumer market, also by meeting demand with products made in Belarus.
A gesture which – denounces Coldiretti – risks multiplying the production of fake Made in Italy in a country which is already one of the most active tarotists of our specialties, from scamorza to mozzarella, from provoletta to mascarpone, to such an extent. point that it has become one of the main suppliers of the Russian market just after the disappearance of real tricolor products following the embargo triggered on August 7, 2014 by the decree of President Vladimir Putin and renewed several times in retaliation for the decision of the European Union to apply sanctions to Russia for the war in Ukraine.
“The cessation of imports risks encouraging a further increase in the production and distribution of imitations that have nothing to do with Made in Italy which is already worth more than 100 billion on the world market” denounces the president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini emphasizing defending the record of national agri-food exports, all diplomatic energies must be used to overcome unnecessary conflicts and defend a strategic sector for the country and the EU damaged by trade disputes that have nothing to do with the agri-food sector. “