In 1998 exports of fish and fish products from the Gulf states (including the United Arab Emirates) to the European Union were banned due to non-conformity with European hygiene regulations that had been implemented in member states.

The European Union wanted an authority to monitor and ensure high standards of hygiene for the United Arab Emirates. The UAE General Secretariat of Municipalities has now resolved to act as the point of contact between the EU authorities and the United Arab Emirates.

The secretariat plans to make a submission to the European Union detailing how it will coordinate with the different municipalities with a view to the ban being lifted. The United Arab Emirates has banned exports of local fish, but not re-exports of imported fish and locally processed fish.

The secretariat will appoint a supervisor of the required inspections for fisheries products to be exported to the European Union and will notify the European Union of the establishments that comply with the necessary conditions.

For further information on this topic please contact Peter Michelmore or Carla Busato at Al-Sayegh Richards Butler by telephone (+971 2 631 3010) or by fax (+971 2 631 2155) or by e-mail ([email protected] or [email protected]).

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