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Monday, 25 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

EU-Ukraine Agreement amending the trade preferences for poultry meat and poultry meat preparations provided for by the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (debate)

  Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL). – Mr President, I obviously come from the same country as the Commissioner and wish him good luck with his job but, Commissioner Hogan, you have a huge capacity and potential to make a positive impact for farmers and food producers across Europe. But you also have the potential to do them serious damage. If the European system is going to prevail with importing material from outside of Europe at the expense of food producers in Europe, I don’t think that has to be the way forward. We are going to put small farmers and small producers out of business if ‘cheap’ is the law that rules every day.

Of course there’s cheaper production available from outside of Europe because they’re getting paid peanuts in the production process, but that is no reason, Commissioner, for you to go down that track. You need to protect farmers, especially small farmers and small producers across Europe.

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