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Parliamentary questions
14 May 2018
E-002552-18
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Granting of an additional two-year duty-free quota for olive oil to Tunisia

The European Parliament voted on 25 February 2016 not to approve an extension of the decision to increase the duty-free quotas for olive oil imported by the EU from Tunisia by 35 000 tonnes per year for the years 2016-2017, in addition to the annual duty-free quota of 56 700 tonnes already adopted under the Association Agreement.

However, on 24 April 2018, the President of the Commission announced a further increase in these duty-free quotas by 30 000 tonnes a year for the years 2018-2019.

In view of the above, and given that this decision was taken to mitigate the difficult economic situation facing Tunisia as a result of the terrorist attacks which, however, occurred in 2015, can the Commission say:

Has the mid-term evaluation of the impact of this measure on the EU olive oil market been carried out, as provided for in Article 6 of Regulation 2016/580(1)? If so, what are its findings?

Before the announcement by the President of the Commission, did the national authorities, in particular the olive oil-producing Member States, expressly agree to the extension of the measure, given that the European Parliament had rejected this possibility?

How will it protect small and medium-sized EU olive oil producers in future trade agreements with North African countries, particularly with regard to the agreement with Tunisia (DCFTA), which is due to be completed in 2019 and which calls for the complete abolition of quotas?

(1) Regulation (EU) 2016/580 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 April 2016 on the introduction of emergency autonomous trade measures for the Republic of Tunisia http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EL/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32016R0580

Original language of question: EL 
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