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Parliamentary questions
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29 May 2015
Question for written answer E-008649-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (PPE)

 Subject:  Inclusion of stone fruit in the exceptional support measures following the Russian ban
 Answer in writing 

Representatives of the fruit and vegetable sector expressed their concern this week at the fact that regulations (EU) No 1031/2014 and No 1371/2014 do not contain any exceptional support measures for Spanish plums, table grapes and kiwi fruit, nor for peaches, apricots and nectarines.

Exports to alternative markets have not absorbed the 60 698 tonnes which were previously exported to Russia. Measures need to be taken therefore to prevent prices falling as they did between 2013 and 2014 (by 32.3% for plums, 36.7% for yellow flesh peaches and 44.9% for yellow flesh nectarines).

The marketing season started in April and farmers are now extremely concerned.

When will the Commission include stone fruit in the exceptional support measures? What is it waiting for?

Is the Commission aware that by failing to introduce measures for these fruit it is jeopardising the livelihood of thousands of farmers?

Original language of question: ES 
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