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Tuesday, 25 September 2007 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : A6-0309/2007, A6-0310/2007

  Marie-Arlette Carlotti (PSE), in writing. – (FR) As part of the reform of the common market organisation for sugar, the European Union wanted to help refineries adapt to the restructuring of the European sugar industry by granting EUR 150 million in ‘transitional aid’.

I was delighted with this initiative, which among other things should help the Saint-Louis Sucre refinery in Marseille meet the new conditions on the sugar market without resorting to job cuts.

However, I also alerted the competent French and European authorities to the lack of transparency in the criteria for allocating this aid, which is the responsibility of the Member States.

Currently, this aid is not granted with the intention of maintaining the refining industry or preserving jobs. Neither is there any guarantee that this aid will not be used as an ‘incentive to relocate’ to countries outside the EU.

The new reform should have been an opportunity to clarify this point.

Regrettably, this has not been the case.

The matter is now in the hands of the Council. I am calling for greater vigilance from the Council, particularly of the French authorities, so that this issue, which affects the jobs of our fellow citizens can finally be clarified.

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