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Parliamentary questions
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9 February 2018
Question for written answer E-000834-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dariusz Rosati (PPE)

 Subject:  Ukraine's ban on pork imports from certain Polish voivodships
 Answer in writing 

Farmers and inhabitants of the Mazowieckie, Lublin, Warmińsko-Mazurskie and Podlaskie Voivodships, where there were outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF), welcomed the Commission’s decision to approve the national aid scheme for the affected farms. In January, however, the veterinary authority in Ukraine introduced a ban on imports of animals that may contract ASF from those voivodships, and derivatives of those animals (e.g. meat and other products, raw materials or genetic material). The ban also extends to animal feed (with a few exceptions).

On 1 January 2016 — two years ago — the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between the EU and Ukraine entered into force. That agreement brought tangible benefits to local and national meat producers and processors, improving economic relations and boosting meat exports to Ukraine.

In view of the above:

1. Is the Commission aware of the situation described above? If so, what steps is it planning to take in response to Ukraine’s ban on products from certain Polish voivodships?
2. Is the introduction of the selective territorial bans mentioned above not a violation of the provisions of the EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement?
3. Will the Commission offer an additional form of compensation for farmers affected by the ban in Ukraine?

Original language of question: PL 
Last updated: 22 February 2018Legal notice