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Parliamentary questions
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17 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001892-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Protection of Italian honey production — proposal for production codex to support ‘Made in Italy’ beekeeping
 Answer in writing 

The excellence of Italian honey, produced in 1.2 million hives by around 4 000 beekeepers, is internationally recognised. However, according to the ANAI (National Association of Italian Beekeepers) and ‘Futuro Agriculture’, the supply of ‘Made in Italy’ honey is failing to keep pace with domestic demand, leading to an increase in honey imports from elsewhere in Europe and from third countries, the production of which does not always meet the high food safety standards applicable. In this regard, the two associations express concern at the lack of coordination between beekeepers, farmers and EU institutions and are accordingly seeking the adoption of a production codex to support and protect Italian and European apiary products and introduce stricter EU provisions, so as to ensure that imported honey marketed in Europe meets EU production and consumer health standards.

In view of this:
1. Will the Commission draw up a production codex as requested by Italian beekeepers?
2. Will it provide economic incentives for farmers and beekeepers seeking to improve their respective production activities and promote products associated with specific geographical areas?
Original language of question: IT 
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