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Parliamentary questions
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28 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Krzysztof Jurgiel
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Procedures to eradicate African Swine Fever (ASF) and support to poultry farmers

In carrying out its ASF-eradication activities, the Commission must, where an outbreak of ASF is detected on a holding situated ‘outside the danger area’, make entries and transfer the site from Part II of the Annex (at-risk area) and Part III (danger area).

The decision to include such a site in the 'danger area' must be taken without delay, and publication of the relevant documents and information must take place within several days. Unfortunately, if the restrictions are lifted and applications for the transfer of areas from Part III back to Part II are submitted by Poland, the process to do so is time-consuming.

Why are areas where ASF has been identified included immediately on the list of at-risk areas, while moving the same areas back to Part II is an extremely lengthy process, even when all requirements have been met?

Since December 2019, there have been outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza in Poland on large commercial farms. As a result, approximately 170 000 poultry have been disposed of, resulting in significant financial losses to farmers. Is the Commission planning financial support for these poultry producers?

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