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Parliamentary questions
11 April 2018
E-000913/2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission

As the Commission pointed out in its reply to Written Question P-000725/2018, the Commission does not have indications of severe deterioration or disturbance in the market for tomatoes in Sicily and the trade statistics show no EU imports of tomatoes from Cameroon in the last years. Therefore, tomatoes found in an Italian supermarket cannot come from Cameroon and the Italian press has already recognised the mistake.

Cameroon and the EU are currently implementing an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). With this agreement, all products from Cameroon enjoy free access to the EU market and EU products are progressively liberalised on the Cameroonian market. The revision of the EPA to limit possible future imports of tomatoes from Cameroon is not foreseen.

As regards Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI), consumers can easily recognise relevant products on the market due to the specific logos. As such they are useful marketing tools in the EU and on other markets, providing producers with legal protection against imitation or misuse of the PDO/PGI name. However, marketing rules do not foresee any guaranteed market shares for PDOs and PGIs and the Commission does not envisage introducing any such measure.

Last updated: 11 April 2018Legal notice