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Parliamentary questions
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6 December 2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Paolo Borchia
 Subject: Impact of increased production costs in the cured meat sector

The recent outbreak of African swine fever in China has led to a cull of over 200 million pigs, resulting in a lack of raw material on the local market and increased demand from the rest of the world.

In Europe, there have been substantial price increases since January. In Italy, prices of the raw material have increased by 40% since March.

This situation is affecting the cured meat (charcuterie) sector which, given the increased raw material prices, has not seen a corresponding increase in shelf prices.

This situation, which is expected to last for a long time to come, will lead to the collapse of the European cured meat (charcuterie) sector, damaging the social fabric. In Italy alone, around 900 companies are being affected by this, with at least 30 000 jobs at risk.

Can the Commission say:

whether it is aware of the difficult situation this production sector is in, both in Italy and the rest of Europe;

whether it intends to implement crisis management mechanisms to protect the businesses at risk;

whether it plans to set up a forum for dialogue between all supply chain stakeholders to address the critical nature of these developments?

Last updated: 12 December 2019Legal notice