Expert: Georgia is trying to deny its blame for high prices for meat
The Georgian government is trying to justify themselves for their wrong pricing policy on meat, shifting the blame on the European Union. As the "Business-Georgia" reported, this is expert opinion of the economist Irakli Lekvinadze. According to him, the compliance of the EU requirments for security-related products, has no relation to the increase of the price of meat in Georgia. Moreover, the country did not fulfill these requirements - the Parliament postponed the bill.
"European regulation is connected with the growth of meat prices in no way, since the during last period Georgia has not executed any of the terms of the requirements of the EU food safety, the bill was set aside. If the EU regulation will be implemented, prices will affect not only meat, but other products too. It is simply an attempt to justify what is really happening and what is called the formation of new slaughterhouses, when several business groups have taken over the device of slaughters and supply of meat on the market" - said the expert.
"People, who bring the meat to the market, have to pass certain technical regulations, transportation of meat for them became more expensive, and all it has reduced the supply of meat on the market, causing a shortage of meat and, consequently, increase of prices. This is the real reason for what happened. It is not associated with any European regulation "- said Lekvinadze in an interview.