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Parliamentary questions
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16 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005808-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Exceptionally bad weather in Italy: institution of an extraordinary Fund for the Italian wood industry
 Answer in writing 

Between late October and early November 2018, Italy suffered from extremely bad weather which caused tremendous damage. Entire forests in Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige were destroyed and, in particular, the following regions were badly affected: Altopiano di Asiago, Feltrino, Agordino, Comelico, Cansiglio, Carnia, the Friulian Dolomites and Fiemme Valley. In Veneto alone the bad weather destroyed 100 000 hectares of forests. Workers in the sector and organisations connected to the forestry-wood industry now fear a collapse in the price of wood.

Considering the extremely difficult situation in the regions devastated by bad weather and considering that the municipalities, mountain communities, relevant associations, together with the regional institutions, are requesting ad hoc help from the European institutions and extraordinary measures to support the activities of the forestry-wood industry in the face of the critical conditions which the Italian mountains currently are in, will the Commission consider setting up an extraordinary Fund for the Italian forestry-wood industry, in order to support the insertion, into the wood market, of the wood from forests destroyed by the bad weather, while at the same time avoiding speculation on the price of wood, which would risk bringing down the entire ‘Made in Italy’ brand and the economies in the regions affected?

Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 29 November 2018Legal notice