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EU agrees Syria recycling deal

European Union (EU) ministers have been asked by the European Commission to approve a wide-ranging trade deal with Syria, removing mutual duties on many traded wastes.
Tariffs on Syrian exports to the EU would be scrapped once this EU-Syria Association Agreement came into force, with some Syrian import duties being removed more gradually.
If formally approved by the EU Council of Ministers, liberalised waste commodities would include iron and steel manufacturing waste, municipal incineration residues and landfill contents, waste oils, pharmaceuticals and organic solvents.
Also food production wastes, including waste fats (such as lards) and fish, starch residue, offal unfit for human consumption plus brewing dregs, waste pig and horsehair and bristles, waste aggregates, mica, ivory, bone, waste and un-tanned leather scraps and other wastes are covered.
Syrian duties would be scrapped either immediately, or within three, six, nine or 12 years, depending on their size. The deal was initialled last October, but details have just been released.

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