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Parliamentary questions
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18 July 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002552/2018

The Commission assessed the application of the emergency autonomous trade measures for the Republic of Tunisia as required by Regulation (EU) 2016/580(1), Article 6(1).

On 8 December 2016, the Commission sent the mid-term review to the European Parliament and the Council (SWD(2016) 433 final)(2). Both market developments and the level of use of these tariff rate quotas indicated, at the time of the report, that the impact of Regulation (EU) 2016/580 on the EU olive oil market was negligible.

The announcement made by the President of the Commission on 24 April 2018 does not aim at extension of the autonomous measure from 2016, but refers to a bilateral agreement based on Article 18 of the EU-Tunisia Association Agreement, which includes the possibility of granting each other further trade concessions. This agreement would be subject to the approval of both the Member States and the European Parliament.

It is too early to prejudge the final outcome of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area negotiations with Tunisia. Nevertheless, olive oil is a sensitive product for the EU, and will be granted a specific treatment in the negotiations.

(1)OJ L 102 18.04.2016

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