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Parliamentary questions
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12 September 2018
P-004621-18
Question for written answer P-004621-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Gilles Pargneaux (S&D)

 Subject:  Preliminary list of sectors deemed to be exposed to a risk of carbon leakage
 Answer in writing 

In France, the dried onion sector is not currently eligible for the reduced domestic tax rates for natural gas consumption that are supposed to protect high-energy enterprises, because it is not on the European list of sectors deemed to be exposed to a risk of carbon leakage. Neither is it on the list for the 2021-2030 period that was presented on 8 May 2018. The dried potato sector, however, which produces potato flour, powder, flakes and granules, is included on the list.

The European dried onion sector is made up of just a few companies, which face stiff competition from companies based in countries such as India, Egypt, China or the US, which produce dried vegetables and herbs on a global scale and can do so much more cheaply given that they are subject to much laxer environmental laws.

When the European list of sectors deemed to be exposed to a risk of carbon leakage is updated, will the Commission add the dried onion sector to that list, as it has done with the dried potato sector?

Original language of question: FR 
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