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Parliamentary questions
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26 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001813-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Maria Gabriela Zoană (S&D)

 Subject:  Neonicotinoids
 Answer in writing 

Plant protection products make a major contribution to the competitiveness and sustainability of farms and farmers. Without neonicotinoids, the European Union could easily end up a wholesale importer of products such as maize, potatoes and rape seed oil. Neonicotinoids have helped increase production levels in Member States by 21-31 million tonnes, which translates into a revenue of EUR 3-4 billion per annum.

1. To what extent does the Commission monitor scientific research into the beneficial or harmful effects of these substances, and how does it intend to disseminate that information to European producers?

2. What action will it take, in conjunction with the Member States, the academic world and researchers, to find an alternative to the use of such substances, and what transitional period can it grant the Member States for implementing any potential new provisions?

Original language of question: RO 
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