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Parliamentary questions
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4 February 2015
Question for written answer P-001790-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Gabrielius Landsbergis (PPE)

 Subject:  Russian ban on import of food products from the EU and bilateral negotiations with some EU Member States
 Answer in writing 

The European Parliament has consistently pointed out the importance of solidarity of the European Union in its policies with regard to the Russian Federation. On 16 January 2015, the European Commission met with the head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation. The outcome document of the meeting (SANCO/G7/PD/mh(2015)178792) discusses the possibility of returning to trade in specific foodstuffs (e.g. delicacies), as well as in fat, lard, meat, meat offal, meat extracts and similar products. The document states that the details on normalisation of the situation and specific requirements may be established between an EU Member State and the importing country.

1. Does the Commission not believe that bilateral negotiations between Russia and individual EU Member States and possible arrangements with a still valid Russian ban on import of foodstuffs from the EU violates Article 207 of the TFEU; also — how will the European Commission ensure that such arrangements do not undermine the principle of EU solidarity?

2. How will the Commission ensure that the EU is represented in bilateral discussions on renewal of food trade with Russia and that there will not be any discrimination between individual Member States for access to the Russian market?

3. How would the Commission react and what specific actions are planned to be taken, if due to renewal of import of individual foodstuffs to Russia the principle of EU solidarity would be violated?

Original language of question: LT 
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