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Parliamentary questions
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5 April 2019
Question for written answer P-001678-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Christophe Hansen (PPE) , Annie Schreijer-Pierik (PPE) , Birgit Collin-Langen (PPE)

 Subject:  Preventing the spread of African swine fever to Luxembourg and the surrounding region/assessment of the Luxembourg Government's action
 Answer in writing 

The outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Belgium poses a tangible threat to pig keepers and the food sector in Luxembourg and the wider region (Saarland, Lorraine, Wallonia and Rhineland-Palatinate).

In Belgium, 494 wild boar carcasses have tested positive for ASF since the outbreak of the disease in September 2018.

On 22 February it was reported that near Messancy, which is only three kilometres away from the Luxembourg border, a wild boar carcass had tested positive for the virus.

In Luxembourg, a start has only recently been made on erecting an eight-kilometre-long fence along the Belgian border. According to the Luxembourg Government, it is due to be completed by mid-May.

In the ‘white zone’ between Belgium and Luxembourg, there is now to be year-round shooting of all wild boar, though dogs may not be used. Nor is the government willing to allow what hunters are calling for, e.g. nighttime hunting using night vision devices, building a longer fence, and year-round hunting of wild boar throughout the country.

1. How does the Commission view the timing and effectiveness of the action taken to date by the Luxembourg Government?

2. What additional action does the Commission currently regard as imperative in order to minimise the risk of ASF spreading further?

3. What are the likely consequences, including for the wider region, if no additional action is taken?

Original language of question: DE 
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