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Parliamentary questions
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5 October 2016
Question for written answer E-007595-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández (S&D) , Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D)

 Subject:  Concessionary tariffs on citrus fruit exports from South Africa under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the SADC EPA States
 Answer in writing 

On 14 September, Parliament gave its assent to the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the SADC EPA States (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland). This agreement extends current tariff concessions for citrus fruit exports from South Africa for an additional six weeks, from 16 October to 30 November.

During the plenary debate, the Commissioner undertook to ‘closely monitor’ exports.

Although less than 10% of exports of citrus fruit from South Africa to the EU have taken place in October and November in recent years, it should be remembered that the fruit can be exported at a preferential tariff during this period, placed in cold storage and then marketed in Europe during its harvesting season in direct competition with European produce.

In view of this:
1. Does the Commission undertake to monitor on a monthly basis the export and sale of South African citrus fruit in the EU during the European harvesting season?
2. What safeguards are provided for in the agreement to protect European citrus fruit production?
3. Does the Commission intend to introduce measures benefiting European citrus fruit growers to offset the effects of concessions to South Africa?
Original language of question: ES 
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