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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

against the appropriation of Cambodian land for EU sugar

Dominique Bilde, Edouard Ferrand

Motion for a European Parliament resolution against the appropriation of Cambodian land for EU sugar  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas exporting millions of euros worth of Cambodian sugar to Europe has already led to the destruction of forests and to land being taken from 12 000 people;

B.  whereas under the ‘Everything but Arms’ agreement brought in by the EU to stimulate the economies of the poorest countries, customs duties on imports from Cambodia were abolished;

C.  whereas before 2008 no sugarcane was cultivated in Cambodia, but now sugarcane crops cover more than 100 000 hectares and whereas forests and protected areas have been destroyed;

D.  whereas this practice, which is authorised under the agreement with the EU, actually leads to forests being destroyed and thereby contributes to global warming and land-grabbing;

1.  Calls on the Commission to do all it can to stop imports from Cambodia, with a view to protecting the environment and stop land being taken from the local people;

2.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.

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