Parliamentary questions
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24 January 2019
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005952/2018

The proposal for deletion of minimum liver weights for foie gras production(1) is a sensitive topic, triggering discussions among Members of the European Parliament, civil society organisations as well as stakeholders involved in foie gras production. Opinions on the topic differ, as demonstrated by written questions.

Bearing in mind the variety of positions on the topic, the Commission entrusted an assessment to an independent body by means of an external evaluation of EU marketing standards. The evaluation process is underway, as recently pointed out in the reply to Question E-004651/2018, and information about it is publicly available(2).

An independent evaluator will examine the relevance of applicable marketing standards on foie gras with respect to achieving the objectives stated in Commission Regulation (EC) No 543/2008, including un-intended side effects of those standards on animal welfare.

In accordance with the Better Regulation Guidelines, the evaluation is expected to collect and analyse available evidence and stakeholder views and draw conclusions, which will provide the basis for the Commission to consider further action, the case arising, for reviewing specific aspects of marketing standards in due time.

The Commission is always available for meetings with Members of the European Parliament.

(1)As provided in Article 1(3) of Commission Regulation (EC) No 543/2008 of 16 June 2008 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards the marketing standards for poultry meat

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