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According to calculations carried out by the Netherlands-based ING Group, restrictions imposed by Russia on food imports from the European Union may cost the EU USD 6.7 billion (EUR 5.0 billion) per year, RBC Daily reports.
Calculations of Russia's import embargo: EU set to lose EUR 5 billion per year
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In addition to losses arising from suspended export of goods, also included in the estimates were potential losses of companies providing intermediate services, such as wholesale trade and transportation. 130,000 jobs are at stake in the region, as they were dependent on food produce imported by Russia.

Calculations of ING economists are based on a research conducted by Groningen University, which analysed the issue of added value in international trade, published in the World Input-Output Database (WIOD).

According to ING statement, as a result of the embargo imposed by Moscow, Europe's economy will lose USD 6.7 billion (EUR 5.0 billion) in added value, or 0.04 percent of the region's GDP. German economy is predicted to suffer the most, it will lose USD 1.3 billion (EUR 979 million). Lithuania will lose 0.4 percent of its GDP and will be among those hit the hardest.

Furthermore, 23,000 Poles may lose their jobs. In Germany, the number of unemployed may rise by 21,000, while in France, Spain and Italy by 10,000 each.

The study includes only a portion of EU's economic losses which could be compared using WOID database. It is noted that the situation will be disadvantageous to all producers of the region, not only those engaged in export to Russia. It is said that further escalation of the geopolitical crisis may further worsen confidence between consumers and producers. On the other hand, a share of losses can be compensated if new markets to realise produce are found, and consumers also benefit from price decrease.

In 2013, EU member states exported agricultural production to Russia worth EUR 11.8 billion, i.e., 10 percent of their total export. So far the European Commission has provided EUR 125 million in compensations to companies sustaining losses due to the embargo.

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