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Parliamentary questions
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15 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000164-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE)

 Subject:  Urgent improvement to the rules on the labelling of honey
 Answer in writing 
One of the most important findings of the 2017/2115 (INI) report adopted in the European Parliament on prospects and challenges for the EU apiculture sector is that the labelling of honey should be improved so that it contains a clearer reference to its place of origin. Currently, the rules allow for honey to be sold on the European market labelled vaguely as a ‘blend of EU and non-EU honeys’. Producers complain that, as detailed percentage proportions are not provided and there is no homogeneous control policy in place in the Member States, most honeys currently being sold on the market are produced outside the Union and do not meet the criteria for production and composition laid down in Directive 2001/110/EC. According to a report prepared by the Joint Research Centre, 20% of samples taken from outside the Union or at importers’ premises did not meet the conditions of the directive. As the Commission is aware of this situation:
1. When will it make a proposal aimed at correcting it?
2. How does it assess both the State rules resulting from this directive and the control mechanisms in place in each State to monitor compliance with the directive?
Original language of question: ES 
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