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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2012
E-005024/2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Liam Aylward (ALDE)

 Subject: Green public procurement and the food sector
 Answer(s) 

The benefits of green public procurement (GPP) in the food sector are multifaceted and include reducing soil erosion, reconnecting consumers and producers, enhancing demand for fresh, in-season food, reducing the need for preservatives and reducing packaging and food waste.

In relation to the green public procurement of food for the public services, can the Commission outline how funding under the EU’s cohesion policy and FP7 could be used to support local, organic, traditional and small producers in this sector?
Could the Commission comment on the success of the incorporation by Member States of GPP in the allocation and spending of European funds, in particular in the food sector?
What measures has the Commission put in place to assist Member States in raising awareness among procurers, suppliers and stakeholders of EU benchmarks in relation to GPP in the food sector and in particular in terms of the evolving market for more sustainable produce?

 OJ C 254 E, 04/09/2013
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