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Parliamentary questions
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16 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005802-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Measures to protect fish farmers
 Answer in writing 

Marine fish farming is one of the most dynamic areas in the primary sector in Greece, marked by exportation, with 80% of production being exported and directly or indirectly employing 10 000 persons, mainly in island and remote areas facing serious problems in terms of employment.

As reported by fish farmers, one of the major concerns faced by the sector is the lack of a level playing field with imported third country products (60% of fish products consumed in the EU come from third countries). For example, Turkey provides direct or indirect subsidies to its domestic producers while its products are imported duty-free in the European market at the expense of Greek products and products from other European countries.

Given that no strict production rules apply in third countries similar to those that apply to products originating in EU countries, and thus their production is less costly, can the Commission say:

What measures does it intend to take to ensure that European fish farmers have a level playing field with producers in third countries?

Original language of question: EL 
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