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Parliamentary questions
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17 April 2019
Question for written answer P-001897-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández (S&D)

 Subject:  Losses to the citrus sector occasioned by an increase in imports from outside the EU
 Answer in writing 

A study by the Valencian Farmers’ Association, based on Eurostat data, shows that imports of citrus fruit into the EU from third countries totalled 1.9 million tonnes in 2018, compared with 1.4 million in 2013 (a 40% increase).

This sits awkwardly with the figures for the Valencian Autonomous Community, which is the EU’s main citrus producing region, whose exports to the rest of the EU totalled 2.3 million tonnes in 2018, meaning that this region is now exporting 14.3% less to the rest of the EU than it was in 2013.

Owing to the drop in exports of Valencian oranges, the turnover for this sector fell to EUR 1 873 billion in 2018, which is the lowest figure in recent times. According to the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) the sector has lost a total of almost EUR 200 billion since 2015.

1. What steps will the Commission take to defend the interests of Valencian citrus fruit farmers, bearing in mind also the lack of reciprocal plant health standards they have been reporting?

2. Has the EU considered conducting a survey of the overall impact that current trade agreements are having on Valencian farmers?

Original language of question: ES 
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