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Parliamentary questions
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5 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003068-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) , Laura Ferrara (EFDD) , Marco Valli (EFDD) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Rosa D'Amato (EFDD) , Daniela Aiuto (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD) , Laura Agea (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Marco Zullo (EFDD)

 Subject:  Question on duty-free Tunisian olive oil — 2018
 Answer in writing 

Under Regulation (EU) 2016/605 Tunisia, considered to be an exceptional case on account of its difficult socioeconomic situation, was granted a temporary duty-free tariff quota of 35 000 tonnes of olive oil for export to the EU in the years 2016/2017.

At a meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker in May 2018, the Tunisian Prime Minister again asked for the additional duty-free olive oil tariff quota to be renewed for a further two years.

The International Olive Council estimates that Tunisia’s olive oil stocks in 2018 are more than double what they were in previous years; exports, especially to Spain and Italy, have increased by 124%.

The Italian olive oil sector, already in crisis, might be further penalised as a result of duty-free mass imports.

In 2016, the Commission drew up a background note assessing the impact that imported Tunisian olive oil was likely to have in 2017, but there is no impact assessment for the years ahead.

1. Can the Commission approve the Tunisian Government’s request?

2. Can it draw up an exact impact assessment showing how imports from Tunisia in 2018/2019 will affect the stability of the internal market and Italian olive oil prices?

Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 19 June 2018Legal notice