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Parliamentary questions
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31 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Álvaro Amaro, Paulo Rangel, Lídia Pereira, José Manuel Fernandes, Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar
 Subject: Risk and damage to European agriculture from the transmission of coronavirus by animals and animal products

Coronavirus ‘2019-nCoV’, possibly of animal origin, poses a serious threat to public health worldwide. In the wake of the World Health Organisation recommendations that people travelling to China should avoid contact with live and dead animals, can the Commission confirm that animals or animal products imported from China do not pose a risk of spreading '2019-nCoV' to Europe?

If not, and given the risk of human-to-human transmission, trade in agricultural and livestock products between the EU and China – or even between other countries – could be severely curtailed, with serious repercussions for European producers. Is the Commission also considering setting up a compensation scheme for European farmers.

If the disease also begins to spread among animals in Europe, what urgent measures can be taken and how should farmers be informed and protected?

Supporter (1)

(1) This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Maria da Graça Carvalho (PPE)
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