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Parliamentary questions
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3 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sylwia Spurek
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Suspension of the ‘Meat (cattle, pigs, sheep)’ and ‘Sea fish for human consumption’ pilot programmes

Animal husbandry is responsible for more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Studying the environmental footprint of fish meat and meat from cattle, pigs and sheep was the subject of two pilot programmes developed under the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Pilot Phase. Although the Pilot Phase confirmed the potential of the PEF to reduce the environmental footprint of products and to provide consumers with access to information, these two PEF pilot programmes were suspended already in the initial phase.

In connection with the above, I would like to ask:

1. Is the Commission planning to resume work under the PEF in relation to meat products covered by the above-mentioned pilot programmes? If not, are any other similar activities planned in this regard?

2. How will the environmental footprint of both these categories of meat be measured and compared to other categories of products if the PEF is implemented without completion of the work on meat products?

3. In view of the fact that the technical secretariat of the ‘Meat (cattle, pigs, sheep)’ pilot programme – responsible for preparing, among others, the rules for the application of PEF in relation to meat – is dominated by representatives of the meat industry, does the Commission plan to take action to ensure that all stakeholders are represented in the secretariats should work on both categories of meat products resume? If so, what action?

Original language of question: PL
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