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Parliamentary questions
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15 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001356-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Crisis in the poultry sector in Italy
 Answer in writing 

The poultry sector in Italy comprises 15 300 farms and 1 600 processing companies, employing 64 000 people. Producers’ associations, including A.V.A. (Veneto poultry farmers’ association), have reported that in the first few months of 2019, farm gate prices of Italian-reared chickens fell to EUR 0.86/kg, a reduction of 22.4% compared to the same period in 2018, and that the fall in prices is also affecting many other types of poultry meat in Italy, including ducks (-10.7%) and turkeys (-2%).

One factor that is distorting the market is the increase in imports of poultry meat from non-EU countries such as Ukraine, which, by circumventing existing free-trade agreements, are avoiding duties and placing on the EU market poultry meat at extremely low prices, owing, above all, to production costs that are 40% lower than in Europe.

Italian operators have also noticed problems concerning the labels on poultry meat, which, according to them, are not easy for consumers to understand.

In the light of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:
1. What measures does it intend to take to support the Italian poultry sector and the social fabric which depends on it?
2. Does it intend to revise Regulation (EU) No 1337/2013 in order to make poultry meat labels more transparent and consumer-friendly?
Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 3 April 2019Legal notice