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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement by Spokesman James P. Rubin on the Secretary's letter to the EU on Subsidized Barley Sale
Washington, D.C., May 26, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright today sent a strong letter of protest to European Commission President Jacques Santer over the recent sale by the European Union of barley into the United States at a heavily subsidized price.

Such subsidies distort international markets and undercut American farmers, who are the most productive in the world.

One of the United States’ goals for the coming round of multilateral trade negotiations is to eliminate such subsidies altogether, thereby providing the level playing field that U.S. farmers deserve.

In her letter to President Santer, Secretary Albright expressed her strong disappointment at the European Union action, and her particular dismay that it was taken in close proximity to the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Multilateral Trading System and the announcement at the May 18 U.S.-EU Summit of a new Transatlantic Economic Partnership.

The Secretary also protested the continued failure of the European Union to allow imports from the U.S. of genetically-modified corn.

The Department of State is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Trade Representative, and other interested agencies on appropriate responses to the European Union action.

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