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Parliamentary questions
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24 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002412-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mara Bizzotto (ID)

 Subject:  EU-Mercosur agreement: urgent revision of the agreement to adequately protect meat production in Italy and Europe

On 28 June 2019, the Commission and the Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) concluded a trade agreement which will allow the entry into the EU market of around 100 000 tonnes of beef and veal and 160 000 tonnes of poultry meat from Mercosur. Italian producers and Assocarni have drawn attention to the very serious impact that this agreement will have on the EU market, because production standards for South American meat are lower and entail less cost than European standards relating to safety, traceability and sustainability. As a result, the exponential increase in imports of this meat into Europe due to competition from Mercosur, leading to a race to the bottom, will endanger the survival of European production.

1. Will the Commission consider the possibility of revising the EU-Mercosur agreement in view of the concerns expressed by Italian producers?

2. If not, how will the Commission support Italian and European producers and operators who will suffer economic damage from unfair competition from Mercosur?

Original language of question: IT 
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