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Parliamentary questions
27 February 2015
E-000521/2015
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission

The Commission has looked at the distribution of value added in the food chain in its communication ‘A better functioning food supply chain in Europe’(1)(2) . This analysis showed that value added for agriculture in the food chain dropped from 31% in 1995 to 24% in 2005, mainly in favour of other food chain actors. Available Eurostat data shows, although using a different methodology, that farmers' added value in the food chain was at around 21% in 2011, versus a value added of around 28% for the food industry and of 51% for food retail and food services taken together. The Eurostat Food Prices Monitoring Tool(3) gives price information (indices and rates of change) for 17 food chains in the EU at farm gate, processing and consumer level. The tool gives information on price levels, while further data on margins exists in the price observatories(4) set up in a number of Member States. Improved market transparency will contribute to a well-functioning food supply chain.

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/publication16061_en.pdf
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/publication16075_en.pdf
(3)http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/food/competitiveness/prices_monitoring_en.htm
(4)http://www.google.be/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fec.europa.eu%2FDocsRoom%2Fdocuments%2F7195%2Fattachments%2F1%2Ftranslations%2Fen%2Frenditions%2Fpdf&ei=dM3HVJb1G8S2UYPZgpgM&usg=AFQjCNHOY1r8BUkRKDW7knpRfalW_9b2Hw&bvm=bv.84349003,d.d24 , List of National Observatories in Annex 1

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