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<TitreRecueil>pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure</TitreRecueil>

<Titre>on protecting EU banana producers from unfair competition</Titre>

<Depute>Mireille D’Ornano</Depute>


Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on protecting EU banana producers from unfair competition

The European Parliament,

 having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas Martinique and Guadeloupe produce 250 000 tonnes of bananas per year, but are facing fierce competition from South American countries, which use significantly more chemical pesticides without applying standards comparable to those of the European Union in this area;

B. whereas third countries obtain ‘organic’ equivalence agreements from the European Union to export bananas, with lower standards than those applied to the 600 banana producers in Martinique and Guadeloupe, since both regions are part of the European Union;

1. Calls on the Commission, as a first step, to immediately compensate banana producers subject to European standards for the clear competitive disadvantage that this situation places them at;

2. Calls on the Commission to ensure that in future unjustified ‘organic’ equivalence is no longer granted to countries that are known to use pesticides in proportions that go well beyond those permitted for EU producers.

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