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Parliamentary questions
17 June 2014
E-005386/2014
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is not aware of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Syngenta interview and its relevant content. Harmonisation of safety standards applicable in the European Union is a general Commission policy in whatever area is considered necessary and in line with the EU treaties.

The EU sets its sanitary protection (human, animal and plant health) at a level that it considers appropriate, in accordance with the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures.

The Commission considers the protection of health and the environment as a top priority and is committed to ensuring that food and feed standards are respected all along the food chain. Consumption of food and feed should prevent adverse effects on human health, animal health and preserve the environment.

When presenting the EU-US trade and investment agreement (TTIP) at a press conference on 13 February 2013, the Commission stated the following: ‘These negotiations are not about compromising the health of our consumers for commercial gains. We will not negotiate changes of the basic rules that we do not want on either side.’

OJ C 413, 19/11/2014
Last updated: 17 June 2014Legal notice