THE FISRT Slovak meat-processing firm has fulfilled all EU requirements necessary to entitle it to export to western Europe after Slovakia's EU entry.
To fulfil all EU norms and hygiene standards, the company, Mecom Humenné, invested Sk271 million (€6.45 million), the Slovak daily SME reported on November 22.
Unlike Mecom, the majority of food and meat processing firms in the country are still way behind meeting EU standards.
SME wrote that only one third of the country's slaughterhouses have fulfilled the norms.
Companies can ask the agriculture ministry for a transition period to meet the norms. Katarína Czajlíková, the ministry's spokeswoman, said that 40 firms have so far asked for the period and added that her ministry would report the final number of such firms to Brussels at the end of February 2004.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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24. Nov 2003 at 9:47