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Parliamentary questions
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5 March 2020
E-001359/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Silvia Sardone, Lucia Vuolo, Angelo Ciocca, Alessandro Panza, Marco Zanni, Isabella Tovaglieri, Simona Baldassarre, Rosanna Conte, Stefania Zambelli, Francesca Donato, Marco Campomenosi, Annalisa Tardino, Paolo Borchia, Vincenzo Sofo
 Subject: Requests for a ‘coronavirus free’ stamp on Italian food products

Many reports have been received in recent days of buyers and distribution chains asking, on no scientific basis whatsoever, for additional health certification for Italian vegetables and fruit and even for top-quality products such as Grana Padano and Prosecco.

Many speculators in a number of European countries are asking for products to display a ‘coronavirus free’ stamp. Such behaviour is uncalled for. It jeopardises the free movement of goods, including within the EU, and will penalise the food industry, a flagship sector for Italy. Professional associations in the sector have spoken out against these malicious attempts to cripple a crucial sector for Italy’s economy, which could serve to promote the counterfeit goods which are the bane of Italy’s products.

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1. Is the Commission aware of these senseless practices?

2. Will it confirm that there are no legitimate or acceptable grounds for such additional certification for Italian products, as there is no risk of the virus being transmitted through food or packaging?

3. Has it planned specific measures to counter attempts, in breach of the principle of free movement, to exploit and block the Italian export market.

 

Original language of question: IT
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