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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the swine fever crisis

Philippe Loiseau

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the swine fever crisis  

The European Parliament,

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

A.  whereas the steady fall in prices since 2015 is being compounded by the ever more serious problems facing pig farmers;

B.  whereas a new chapter in the crisis is emerging with the outbreak of African swine fever in Europe;

C.  whereas the freedom of movement established by the Treaty of Rome is likely to aggravate this situation very quickly;

D.  whereas the European Commissioner for Agriculture considers that the African swine fever epidemic must be taken more seriously;

1.  Considers that dialogue between stakeholders (farmers, researchers, hunters) should be encouraged in countries affected by swine fever;

2.  Takes the view that a crisis unit and a special fund should be set up to meet farmers’ financial needs in the event of the mass slaughter of livestock;

3.  Calls on the Commission to introduce veterinary checks on pigs at intra-European borders;

4.  Calls for Member States to be authorised to use second-pillar funds to compensate as a matter of urgency those farmers that have been most affected;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and to the Commission.

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