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Parliamentary questions
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15 May 2019
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001356/2019

The Commission reached an agreement of principle with Ukraine on an amendment to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), in line with the negotiating directives issued by the Council. The Commission informed the European Parliament and Member States of these latest developments. All parties are now working for a swift implementation of the agreed changes, which will limit the flow of highly sensitive poultry products into the EU within agreed limits.

In relation to Italy, the Commission recently adopted Commission Regulation (EU) No 2018/1506(1). The measures were taken in particular to compensate for losses of poultry producers in the context of combating Avian Influenza.

Overall, the poultry sector, as well as other agricultural sectors, can benefit from Rural Development measures under Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013(2) in conjunction with Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013(3). This concerns in particular investments, quality schemes, animal welfare and reconstruction of agricultural potential following natural disasters. The resources foreseen for these interventions are not programmed by individual production sectors. Italy has received an EU envelope for funding for Rural Development for the 2014-2020 programming period of 10.4 billion EUR, making it the second largest beneficiary in the EU.

Poultrymeat is subject to different labelling requirements. This concerns not only Regulation (EU) No 1337/2013(4) as regards the indication of the country of origin or place of provenance for several meats but also Regulation (EC) No 543/2008(5) as regards marketing standards for poultrymeat. Both Regulations ensure transparent information to consumers. The Commission has no plans to revise the current legal framework.

(1)Commission Regulation (EU) No 2018/1506 on exceptional market support measures for the eggs and poultry meat sectors in Italy, OJ L 255, 11.10.2018.
(2)OJ L 347, 20.12.2013.
(3)OJ L 347, 20.12.2013.
(4)OJ L 335, 14.12.2013.
(5)OJ L 157, 17.6.2008.

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