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Parliamentary questions
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8 February 2012
Question for written answer E-001113/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Charles Tannock (ECR)

 Subject: Uneven enforcement of battery-cage egg production regulations
 Answer in writing 

I have been made aware by the UK egg producer association of the fact that despite the EU’s 2012 legal deadline for the banning of conventional battery-cage egg production, there are still more than 50 million captive laying hens in barren battery cages in other EU countries, despite the local egg producers having had more than 12 years to prepare for the improved animal welfare standards required.

UK producers have spent some GBP 400 million to meet this very welcome and humane EU‑imposed deadline but are now under considerable financial pressure as a result of the 40 million eggs per day which are being produced in barren battery cages and sold all over the EU, including exported to the UK, thus undercutting retail wholesale prices for legal egg production in that country.

Is the Commission aware of this unsatisfactory situation, what enforcement measures has it taken to ensure that this illegal practice is eradicated and how can it support egg producers which fulfil the new EU requirements so as to prevent them from being put out of business because illegal egg production is being allowed to go on without sanctions elsewhere in the EU?

 OJ C 88 E, 26/03/2013
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