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Parliamentary questions
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19 July 2018
Question for written answer E-004037-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (ENF)

 Subject:  Animal welfare and the common agricultural policy
 Answer in writing 

On 30 May 2018, Parliament adopted its report on the future of food and farming (2018/2037 (INI)).

With a view to ensuring that farming is sustainable and guarantees food security, the report recommends that more powers be handed to the Member States over choices and methods for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) resource allocation. Animal welfare is one of the areas which would be affected by that.

The portion of household budget being spent on food seems to be falling and stood at 20.4% in France in 2014. However, meat consumption has remained buoyant, having gone back up again in 2016 (+0.9%). Animal welfare has a considerable impact on the quality of meat and therefore on consumer health.

1. Taking into account that more than EUR 50 billion goes to the CAP every year, does the Commission plan to set a minimum budget for animal welfare?

2. In the light of the principle of subsidiarity (Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union) and the disparities in the CAP, what incentives will it create to encourage active production which incorporates animal protection measures?

Original language of question: FR 
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