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Parliamentary questions
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18 July 2018
Question for written answer P-004019-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolay Barekov (ECR)

 Subject:  Suspected breaches of the rules in relation to livestock cull
 Answer in writing 

A cull of sheep and goats has been ongoing in Bulgaria for a number of days following outbreaks of ovine rinderpest.

The Bulgarian authorities’ response to the disease has sparked street protests by hundreds of thousands of stock-keepers and members of the public. The protestors are demanding that the cull ordered by the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency be suspended.

According to Agriculture Minister Rumen Porozhanov, stock-keepers whose flocks and herds have been destroyed will receive compensation at a rate of BGN 225 per pedigree animal and BGN 140-150 per head for other stock.

This situation prompts some questions.

1. Was there a public information campaign about the cull — as required under the relevant EU rules — in Yambol Province?

2. Have the measures taken by the Bulgarian authorities been timely and appropriate?

3. What is the proper level of financial compensation for slaughtered animals? Has any money been diverted by the authorities on its way from Brussels to Sofia?

Original language of question: BG 
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