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Parliamentary questions
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16 October 2019
E-003335-19
Question for written answer E-003335-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Francisco José Millán Mon (PPE)

 Subject:  Resumption of trade negotiations with Thailand
 Answer in writing 

On 14 October 2019, the Council decided it would be appropriate for the EU to take steps to broaden its engagement with Thailand by preparing for the timely signature of the partnership and cooperation agreement.

The Council also stressed the importance of taking steps towards the resumption of negotiations on an ‘ambitious and comprehensive’ free trade agreement.

Thailand is the world’s leading producer of canned tuna and the EU’s main competitor in this sector. A free trade agreement between the EU and Thailand could pose a serious threat to the canned fish and seafood industry, which is vital for job creation and prosperity in several coastal areas, including Galicia in Spain.

1. Is the Commission aware of the impact that greater liberalisation of the Thai canned fish and seafood industry would have on European coastal communities?

2. Will the Commission include fish and seafood on the list of ‘sensitive products’ during trade negotiations with Thailand?

Original language of question: ES 
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