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Parliamentary questions
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28 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sylwia Spurek
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Farm to Fork strategy and subsidising industrial animal farms in the EU

The Farm to Fork strategy launched early in the Commission’s 2019-2024 legislative cycle presents a unique opportunity to start the transition towards sustainable food systems, including by reducing industrial animal farming, which greatly contributes to climate change, environmental pollution and animal mistreatment.

The Farm to Fork strategy promises to holistically address the challenges faced by our food systems and contribute to the EU’s climate change agenda.

Does the Commission intend to use this strategy to stop or significantly reduce EU subsidies allocated to industrial animal farms, while financially supporting farmers who take relevant steps to move towards more sustainable animal farming?

Will it make subsidies conditional on animal welfare standards, while acknowledging that current standards prescribed by EU law are not satisfactory and taking necessary steps to improve them? If so, what concrete actions are to be taken to improve these animal welfare standards at EU level?

Will it make subsidies conditional on compliance with high environmental standards? If so, what concrete actions will be taken to establish such standards in line with the ambitions outlined in the European Green Deal?

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