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Parliamentary questions
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30 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Monika Beňová, Miroslav Číž
 Subject: Unilaterally adopted restrictions on farming in the EU (more green, more expensive)

The European Union is part of a globalised world, though globalisation has slowed down because of the protectionist policies implemented by a number of countries. Meanwhile, the EU is continuing to promote a transition towards green agriculture. However, the Netherlands, Germany and France have all experienced strong pushback from farmers and agricultural unions. The reasons for the frustration felt by EU farmers are clear: demand for food at low prices, restrictions on nitrates and pesticides, and emissions reductions. The EU is pushing for stringent standards in all areas — from health to emissions from agricultural production. At the same time, trade with third countries continues even though such restrictions do not necessarily apply to them. The risk is therefore that our producers will not be able to compete with third countries. The Mercosur trade deal is seen as primarily benefiting EU industries such as carmakers, in exchange for allowing the import of agricultural products such as sugar or beef.

Does the Commission share the concerns of EU farmers?

Is there a strategy to protect the EU’s critically important agricultural industry?

What steps has the Commission taken to protect EU farmers?

Original language of question: SK
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