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"Mr President, the European Union needs to support reform in the Arab states, including via its trade policy. It is our duty to do this. More than a third of the working population in the southern Mediterranean countries are involved in agriculture. An increase in trade with the European Union is therefore expected. However, a number of rules need to be observed in this regard. We must insist on these countries coming into line with the European Union’s standards on quality and food safety, environmental protection and animal welfare, in keeping with the principle of reciprocity. European farmers are obliged to comply with the highest standards in the world in these areas. Any imports must meet the same standards before reaching the European consumer’s table. Therefore, I agree to favourable trade for both sides, but not to unfavourable terms for our farmers."@en1
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