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Parliamentary questions
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29 January 2020
Question for written answer E-000516/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Angelo Ciocca (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Extension of safeguard clause to japonica rice

The activation of the safeguard clause and the tariffs that the EU introduced a year ago as a result are an important gesture in defence of rice production in Italy, but unfortunately are proving to be insufficient. Although imports of indica rice from Cambodia have fallen by 30%, imports of japonica rice from the same source have increased by 300%.

The sanctions against Cambodia and Myanmar relate only to indica rice, as it has possibly been forgotten that Myanmar produces large quantities of japonica rice (Arborio and Carnaroli). 

Only a quarter of the rice produced in Italy is indica, while 75% is japonica. Italy is the only major European producer of this type of rice. 

A few days ago, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Myanmar for violating the human rights of certain religious minorities. 

In view of this, can the Commission answer the following questions: 

1. What will the Commission do by way of a practical response to the needs of European rice growers?

2. Does it not believe that the EBA scheme is a ploy used by these countries to continue to produce at low cost, to the detriment of human rights and environmental and health standards?

Original language of question: IT
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