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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on large-scale imports of cereals not compliant with European standards

Philippe Loiseau

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on large-scale imports of cereals not compliant with European standards  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission to Written Question E-004015/2018 by Philippe Loiseau,

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

A.  whereas the price of cereals in real terms is one-third of what it was 30 years ago and whereas the turnover of French cereal farmers has fallen by 62% over the same period;

B.  whereas large-scale imports of cereals into the EU, particularly maize from Ukraine, originate from production methods using plant health products that are banned in some Member States;

C.  whereas these imports bring down prices for manufacturers and certain cooperatives, thus distorting competition to the detriment of European producers;

1.  Considers it necessary for an ‘agricultural’ exception to be made at European level, as called for by representatives of the cereals sector, in order to protect agricultural markets;

2.  Calls for imports which compete with European agricultural production to be subject to stricter standards;

3.  Calls, otherwise, for a high level of taxation to be levied on imports that do not comply with European production standards;

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


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