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Parliamentary questions
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23 July 2014
E-005908-14
Question for written answer E-005908-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D) , Iratxe García Pérez (S&D)

 Subject:  French attack on Spanish fruit lorries — infringement of right to free movement
 Answer in writing 

On 17 July 2014, around 100 French farmers stopped a number of Spanish lorries near the border with Perpignan and tipped out the peaches they were carrying for export. The aim was to block the roads and prevent fruit lorries from Spain from passing.

French farmers are accusing Spanish producers of dumping because they are exporting their fruit at a very low price. While it is true that fruit prices across the EU are in crisis, this is not the fault of Spanish producers. It is the major distribution chains that are the root cause of the problem. They demand very low prices which produces enormous competition in this sector.

This was an indiscriminate and unjustified attack on Spanish farming which aimed at preventing the free movement of EU goods. In this, it infringed one of the European Union's basic principles, as established in Article 28 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

What measures will the Commission take in this regard to ensure the principle of free movement is observed and that attacks like this do not occur again?

Original language of question: ES 
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