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Parliamentary questions
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16 February 2016
Question for written answer P-001308-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Laura Ferrara (EFDD) , David Borrelli (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD)

 Subject:  Study on the impact of TTIP on agriculture
 Answer in writing 
The United States Department of Agriculture has published a study on the impact of TTIP on agriculture(1) which shows that in the event of this treaty being signed and if non-tariff barriers on meat, fruit, vegetables and herbaceous crops are eliminated:
there will only be a minimal increase in GDP;
US exports to the EU will increase considerably more than EU exports to the USA;
the EU-US balance of trade, which is currently strongly in the EU’s favour, will be reversed;
there will be a general fall in prices and production in the EU with an overall increase in imports and an overall reduction in exports.

The US study is based on the computable general equilibrium (CGE) model and the GTAP database, which were also used for the CEPR study on which the Commission based its assessment of the effects of TTIP(2).

Can the Commission state:
1. Whether it still views as reliable the CGE model, the GTAP database and the CEPR study;
2. Whether it will break off the TTIP negotiations, or at least exclude agriculture from that treaty, or whether it will commit to preserving the current non-tariff barriers relating to meat, fruit, vegetables and herbaceous crops;
3. If this is not the case, how it will justify this decision to EU farmers?


Original language of question: IT 
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