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26 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005952-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marlene Mizzi (S&D) , Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE) , Mark Demesmaeker (ECR) , Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE) , Pascal Durand (Verts/ALE) , Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL) , Keith Taylor (Verts/ALE) , Renate Sommer (PPE) , Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL) , Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL) , John Flack (ECR) , Maria Noichl (S&D) , Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Karin Kadenbach (S&D) , Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE) , Thomas Waitz (Verts/ALE) , Fredrick Federley (ALDE) , Igor Gräzin (ALDE) , António Marinho e Pinto (ALDE) , Urmas Paet (ALDE) , Henna Virkkunen (PPE) , Pascal Arimont (PPE) , Molly Scott Cato (Verts/ALE) , Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D) , Florent Marcellesi (Verts/ALE) , Davor Škrlec (Verts/ALE) , Bart Staes (Verts/ALE) , Bas Eickhout (Verts/ALE) , Sven Giegold (Verts/ALE) , Catherine Bearder (ALDE) , Maria Heubuch (Verts/ALE) , Heidi Hautala (Verts/ALE) , Nessa Childers (S&D) , Isabella De Monte (S&D) , Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL) , Sabine Lösing (GUE/NGL) , Tunne Kelam (PPE) , Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL) , Romana Tomc (PPE) , Svetoslav Hristov Malinov (PPE) , Javier Nart (ALDE) , Theresa Griffin (S&D) , David Martin (S&D) , José Inácio Faria (PPE) , Cécile Kashetu Kyenge (S&D) , Alfred Sant (S&D) , Hilde Vautmans (ALDE) , Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE) , Benedek Jávor (Verts/ALE) , Jeppe Kofod (S&D) , Maria Lidia Senra Rodríguez (GUE/NGL) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Paolo De Castro (S&D) , Michela Giuffrida (S&D) , Miriam Dalli (S&D) , Daniele Viotti (S&D) , Andrejs Mamikins (S&D) , Estefanía Torres Martínez (GUE/NGL) , Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL) , Jytte Guteland (S&D) , Jiří Pospíšil (PPE) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Takis Hadjigeorgiou (GUE/NGL) , Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL) , Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) , Jill Evans (Verts/ALE) , Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE) , Jean Lambert (Verts/ALE) , Martin Häusling (Verts/ALE) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Bodil Valero (Verts/ALE) , Helga Stevens (ECR) , Malin Björk (GUE/NGL) , Sorin Moisă (PPE) , Barbara Matera (PPE) , Vladimír Maňka (S&D) , Anneleen Van Bossuyt (ECR) , null (null)

 Subject:  Force-feeding in foie gras production
 Answer in writing 

Force-feeding, which is illegal in 23 Member States, is opposed by a large majority of EU citizens, who expect their institutions to represent them.

During this parliamentary term, around 50 questions have been tabled regarding force-feeding in foie gras production. Many of them explicitly asked for action by the Commission to delete the requirement of minimum liver weights in Regulation 543/2008 in order to permit foie gras production without force-feeding. This simple and costless measure would allow consumers to drive long-awaited change.

So far limited progress has been achieved.

Answers from the Commission have been sometimes inconsistent.

The evaluation awaited since 2016 is not yet available.

The meeting with MEPs announced in January by the Commissioners has not yet taken place.

Will the Commission engage to take firm action on a topic so many EU citizens feel strongly about?

Will the Commission commit to a meeting with MEPs in the short term?

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