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Parliamentary questions
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21 May 2019
E-001173/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001173/2019

1. Under the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), the EU granted Ukraine a 10 000-tonne quota of processed tomato products (CN 2002). Under the Autonomous Trade Measures (ATMs) the EU opened a 3 000-tonne quota, which has been in force since 1 October 2017.

The concessions under the DCFTA entered provisionally into force on 1 January 2016 and their effect is demonstrated by the increase of imports of processed tomato products from 15 352 tonnes in 2015 to 33 536 tonnes in 2016. While the concessions under the DCFTA are bilateral and of a permanent nature, the ATM concessions are limited to three years.

2. The European Commission closely follows the evolution of trade with Ukraine; the end of the period of validity of the ATMs will offer the opportunity to assess the market situation in this specific sector. 3. While EU imports of processed tomatoes from Ukraine have increased considerably in recent years, exports from Poland to the other Member States are stabilised around 15 000 tonnes since 2016. This seems to be in line with the stabilisation of the Polish production of tomatoes for processing around 200 000 tonnes since 2014.

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