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Monday, 15 September 2014 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Impact on European agriculture of the trade ban on agricultural products and foodstuffs from the EU, imposed by the Russian Federation (debate)

  Janusz Wojciechowski, on behalf of the ECR Group. – Madam President, first of all thank you for agreeing to include this question of the Russian import ban today and for accepting the proposal of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development initiated by the ECR Group, and especially the Polish delegation, the Law and Justice Party, in this group.

Six years ago the Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, organised successful political action in Tbilisi against the Russian invasion of Georgia. He said at the time that it was Georgia today, Ukraine tomorrow, the Baltic States the day after tomorrow and then Poland. Now we have gone one step further: Georgia yesterday, Ukraine today, the Baltic States tomorrow, and Poland the day after tomorrow.

Economic sanctions are the best way to stop the aggressive and imperial policy of Russia, but sanctions are costly for both sides. The highest price is paid by farmers, especially those from the eastern part of the EU – from neighbouring countries like Finland, the Baltic States and my country, Poland. We need European solidarity. The cost of the sanctions should be paid by the whole Union, not only by farmers and immediate neighbours.

Commissioner, my question is, although we have a financial reserve for the crisis (we have a serious crisis – not a disturbance, but a crisis), why was the reserve under Article 25, Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013, not used? Why was this reserve not used? We need to use it. Why was the proposal of the Polish Government on this not accepted? Please answer. European farmers are waiting for real support and real help.

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 162(8))

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