Croatia wants to postpones food ban for tourists

Croatia, which hopes to join the EU in 2011, relies heavily on the tourism sector that generates a fifth of its gross domestic product.

Croatia wants to postpones food ban for tourists
Croatia said on Thursday it would postpone a decree banning foreign tourists from bringing their own meat and dairy products.

The ban took effect on June 1 and was passed in line with European Union rules on food safety. Croatia, which hopes to join the EU in 2011, relies heavily on the tourism sector that generates a fifth of its gross domestic product.

Croatia's Agriculture Ministry said in a statement it had asked the EU's consent for a postponement.

"The Agriculture Ministry has today been told that the postponement of the ban will be officially approved in Brussels tomorrow. On the basis of their written consent, we shall postpone the ban," the statement said.

The ministry did not give a reason for wanting to delay the ban.

Croatian media reported this week that Czechs, who make up 10 percent of all foreign visitors to the country, were ready to abandon Croatia for other tourist destinations if the ban was enforced.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Haziran 2008, 15:41
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