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Parliamentary questions
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31 May 2016
Question for written answer E-004425-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Andrejs Mamikins (S&D)

 Subject:  Food waste in the EU
 Answer in writing 

Approximately 88 million tonnes of food is wasted annually in the EU, with the associated costs estimated at EUR 143 billion. About 40% of food loss and waste in developed countries occurs at the retail and consumer levels, but in the EU this share is somewhat higher. For example, France alone wastes around 10 million tonnes every year, which otherwise could have cut national greenhouse gas emissions by 3%.

In Europe the yearly food and waste loss per person is 280 kg, compared with just 125 kg in south and southeast Asia. Only North America and Oceania account for more — 295 kg.

1. How feasible, or indeed necessary, is it to introduce a limitation/fine system somewhat similar to greenhouse gas emission quotas — i.e. in the event of excessive food waste or overproduction?

2. With the Commission’s Circular Economy Package under way, what are the Commission’s forecasts for potential financial savings, a decrease in overproduction, and environmental impact until 2020 in the area of food waste?

3. What programmes is the Commission currently implementing in order to tackle the problem of food waste during the post-harvest and processing stages in the world’s poorest regions (particularly in the ACP countries)?

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