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Parliamentary questions
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18 June 2015
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-005808/2015

Quantities available for support have been allocated per Member State on the basis of official trade statistics on traditional significant direct exports to Russia.

The quantities available under Commission Delegated Regulation No 1031/2014(1) were calculated taking into account the average exported quantities from August 2011 to December 2013 for vegetables and until March 2013 for fruits, less the quantities that had already been notified under Regulation (EU) No 932/2014(2). Regulation (EU) No 1031/2014 also provided for Member States to allow the withdrawal of 3 000 tonnes of products chosen between a wider range irrespective of traditional export patterns. This extra quantity was meant to give Member States the possibility to address possible specific short-term problems on the market. The quantities available under Regulation (EU) No 1371/2014(3) have been calculated based on the average exported quantities from January 2012 to May 2014 for vegetables and from April 2012 to May 2014 for fruits, as far as they were not already covered by the second measure. Given that the Russian ban had been in place for 5 months already, it was decided to concentrate the efforts and the available budget on the products which were most affected and not to extend the additional quantity of 3 000 tonnes for all Member States.

Fruit and vegetable producers can create producer organisations which play a key role in concentrating supply and placing on the market of their members' production. Besides, producer organisations benefit from Union co-funding for measures such as crisis prevention and management or promotion.

(1)Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1031/2014 of 29 September 2014 laying down further temporary exceptional support measures for producers of certain fruit and vegetables OJ L 284, 30.9.2014.
(2)Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 932/2014 of 29 August 2014 laying down temporary exceptional measures for producers of certain fruit and vegetables and amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 913/2014 OJ L 259, 30.8.2014, p. 2.
(3)Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1371/204 of 19 December 2014 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1031/2014 laying down further temporary exceptional support measures for producers of certain fruit and vegetables OJ L 366, 20.12.2014, p. 20.

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