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Parliamentary questions
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29 January 2019
E-000491-19
Question for written answer E-000491-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Francesc Gambús (PPE)

 Subject:  Implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the SADC EPA States
 Answer in writing 

In 2016, Parliament agreed to the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the countries of the Southern African Development Community(1), opposed by a majority of member countries that produce agricultural and agri-food products.

Two years later, in 2018, the seventh EU-South Africa summit was held and a joint resolution(2) adopted, in which both parties undertook to further reduce trade barriers. This leaves notably our citrus farmers, who have already seen a drop in their production, with even less protection. In the light of the above:
1. Is the Commission considering taking any legislative initiatives to include clauses such as the single port entry in trade agreements, which could seriously damage the EU?
2. What measures is the Commission taking to ensure compliance with paragraph 17 of the joint resolution on plant health, particularly citrus fruits?
3. Does the Commission intend to review the mechanisms provided for in the CMO Regulation with a view to ensuring that they can be more quickly activated in situations of serious market disturbance, as called for by Parliament in Resolution 2016/2034 (INI)(3)?

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:22016A0916(01)&from=EN
(2)https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/36982/eu-sa-final-statement.pdf
(3)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P8-TA-2016-0504+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

Original language of question: ES 
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