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Parliamentary questions
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20 October 2015
Question for written answer E-013995-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martin Häusling (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Export credit guarantees in relation to EU animal welfare standards
 Answer in writing 

Member States are using public money to provide export credit guarantees (ECGs) via their Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) for the construction and acquisition of equipment for agribusinesses which do not meet EU animal housing standards. Beneficiaries such as Ukrainian egg giants Avangard and Ovostar export egg products to the EU. This highlights inconsistencies between EU policy and national ECA policies, with a negative impact on farmers, consumers and animal welfare. There is discussion within the EU institutions about the EU’s role within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which sets the framework for ECAs.

1. Will the Commission engage with the Member States to encourage them not to grant export credit guarantees if animal production is not compliant with EU animal welfare standards?

2. Will the Commission use the EU’s status within the OECD vis-à-vis the revision of the Common Approaches, in order to promote binding farm animal welfare criteria — applicable to ECGs — that meet or exceed EU standards? If not, why not?

3. Germany has stated that the Commission may agree with the Member States on compensatory measures regarding imports of egg products from Ukrainian ECG beneficiaries. Does the Commission think it is wiser to align ECA policies with EU standards than to compensate for damage caused by inconsistent ECA policies?

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