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Parliamentary questions
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15 April 2015
Question for written answer E-005975-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Elisabetta Gardini (PPE)

 Subject:  Russian embargo and prevention of food fraud
 Answer in writing 

For a number of months, the possibility of easing the embargo on food imports from certain European countries (including Hungary) has been the subject of intense high-level political debate in Russia, involving the Minister of Agriculture. On 31 March, the ministry announced that the Russian veterinary and plant health authority would, from 6 April, commence livestock farm inspections in Greece, Cyprus and Hungary so that they could begin exporting immediately should the embargo be lifted.

Given that a number of Hungarian companies have recently been involved in the fraudulent marketing of imitation Grana Padano and Parmigiano in Europe, there is a risk of fake PDO products displacing the genuine articles, which are still subject to restrictions, on Russian markets.

In view of this:

What action will the Commission take to ensure more effectively the comprehensive monitoring of Hungarian dairy products by each of the Member States in line with their responsibilities under Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 (which specifically refers to the principles set out in Regulation (EC) No 882/2004)?

Original language of question: IT 
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