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Parliamentary questions
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30 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Miroslav Číž
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Innovation in the farming sector

One of the side effects of the COVID-19 health crisis is that most EU residents have seen empty shelves in their local supermarkets either in person or in photos. This is worrying for everyone and even though, thankfully, we have been assured that we will not run out of food anytime soon, the vulnerabilities of our seemingly strong food security system have come to light.

There are significant gaps between Western and Eastern Europe in areas such as food availability, quality and safety. It is important that we address our vulnerabilities as soon as possible by focusing on education and promoting the innovation that enables farmers to keep improving. This is also important in order to meet social expectations (e.g. more sustainable food production) and face the risks presented by natural resource shortages and climate change.

Does the Commission agree that it is crucial to educate farmers and promote innovation in the agricultural sector? Is it willing to support further innovation in the farming sector? If so, in what way?

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