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Parliamentary questions
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23 October 2018
Question for written answer E-005425-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mario Borghezio (ENF)

 Subject:  Protection of the sugar beet sector
 Answer in writing 

The Italian and European sugar beet sector has suffered a drastic reduction in both production and prices: production fell by 2.5 million tonnes compared to 2017, partly as a result of the drought, and prices fell by 26%. Furthermore, following the end of the quota system at Community level without an adequate ‘soft landing’ period, production asymmetries within the Union have led to enormous stockpiles, which hold back the market and encourage the distribution of products imported from countries that support sugar production through public intervention. The Italian sector, from the fields to industrial production, stood as a centre of excellence, and it has succeeded in partially converting some of its activities, but it needs support through all the possible measures provided for by Community legislation.

Given the above:
1. Will the Commission urgently implement the available instruments in order to support the beet sector during the crisis and prevent it from being definitively dismantled?
2. How does the Commission intend to protect the remaining share of the market by promoting the product at European level, while also ensuring that the conditions for access to our market for non-EU products are fulfilled in terms of both quality and compliance with WTO rules?
Original language of question: IT 
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