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Parliamentary questions
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10 November 2017
Question for written answer P-006943-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Giulia Moi (EFDD)

 Subject:  Protection of Sardinian wheat
 Answer in writing 

In June 2016, the Italian CREA had published a call for expressions of interest for the purchase of the exclusive rights for the propagation and marketing of a wheat variety called ‘Capelli’, a type of genetically-improved wheat which combines specific physiological and agronomic characteristics.

The Sardinian companies which work with ‘Cappelli’ wheat are in difficulty because the exclusivity contract has apparently been given to an Italian company which was awarded the CREA contract for 15 years.

The ‘Capelli’ variety has been grown in Sardinia on a continuous basis since 1920. Because of its qualities, this wheat is regularly used in the production of bread, pasta and local

cereal-based products.

Does the Commission not agree that the granting of exclusive rights in connection with the CREA call can lead to a trade restriction and curb the development and growth of existing operators in the sector?

Original language of question: IT 
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