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    IN BRUSSELS GERMAN GREF AND PASCAL LAMI TO EYE EU EXPANSION PROBLEM

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 26. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- In Brussels German Gref, Russian Minister for Economic Development and Trade, and Pascal Lami, the European Union Commissioner for Trade, will discuss the problem of EU expansion, RIA Novosti was told at the Russian ministry for Economic Development and Trade.

    "Effects of the EU expansion for Russia and the unsettled questions of its joining the World Trade Organisation will be in discussion at the meeting, due in Brussels on January 30", said the ministry.

    It recalled that a Russian delegation led by deputy minister Maxim Medvedkov has flown to Brussels on Tuesday for a regular round of talks with European experts on problems of Russia's joining the WTO. At the talks, matters of access to the Russian market of farming products, telecommunication and insurance services will be in discussion.

    The Russian delegation is also going to talk expansion of the European Union starting from May 1, when the EU admits ten new members.

    Earlier, Medvedkov said to reporters that, as a result of EU expansion, Russian companies may lose up to 150 million dollars. This is due to the increase of quotas for Russian goods to the EU new entrants and the use of antidumping measures regarding Russia.

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