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Parliamentary questions
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16 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005810-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  African swine fever in Europe: risks for Italian pig farmers and the Italian pig production chain. Appeal for Commission intervention
 Answer in writing 

Although it cannot be transmitted to humans, African swine fever (ASF) is a highly infectious and deadly disease in pigs and wild boars.

As a result, livestock farmers and operators in the Italian meat and sausage processing sector, including the Associazione Regionale Allevatori Veneto (ARAV), the Associazione Industriali delle Carni e dei Salumi (ASSICA) and Confagricoltura, are concerned about the very serious effects of ASF in Italy and Europe in terms of slaughtering and other containment measures on farms. These measures would lead to a reduction in the production of Italian PDO sausages, which currently account for EUR 1.5 billion in exports.

ASF outbreaks are spreading across Europe from eastern countries. In view of the concerns of the hundreds of thousands of Italian farmers and operators, can the Commission say:
1. Whether it considers it possible to adopt exceptional plans to contain wild boar in Europe?
2. What extraordinary measures it intends to take to support Italian farms and the Italian pig-farming sector which will be directly or indirectly affected by the outbreaks of ASF (e.g. an increase in compensation for farmers who are forced to slaughter infected animals or who suffer other financial losses)?
3. Whether the Commission intends to co-finance information campaigns in the Member States to raise awareness among the general public, employees within the sector and regulatory authorities about the methods of disease prevention, which are essential to prevent the cross-border spread of ASF?
Original language of question: IT 
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