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Parliamentary questions
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19 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001416-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mario Borghezio (ENF)

 Subject:  Collapse of pine nut production
 Answer in writing 

For a long time in Europe the production of pine nuts has been declining, and over the last year alone, the wholesale price has gone from EUR 50 per kilo to almost twice the price, because of the arrival of a particular species of pine bug from South America.

Despite the decline in production, demand remains high and, unfortunately, the importation of less valuable Chinese pine nuts with different organoleptic properties is becoming established.

Recent studies based on ‘biological control’ systems have shown that the presence of a particular type of wasp is effective in combating the pine bug.

In the light of the above, can the Commission clarify what action it intends to take to defend European pine nut production and to provide tangible support to Member States in the fight against pine tree pests?

Original language of question: IT 
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