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Parliamentary questions
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7 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Antonius Manders
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Chain responsibility and food security go hand in hand: additional assistance to farmers during the Covid-19 pandemic

In order to keep vital production chains intact during the Covid-19 pandemic and to support businesses, so that economic activity can resume as quickly and fully as possible after the crisis, the EU and Member States are assuming substantial financial obligations. Unfortunately, the approach differs from country to country, to the detriment of its effectiveness and efficiency.

One occupational group which is not receiving enough assistance from national authorities, inter alia in the Netherlands, irrespective of the good CRII+ proposals made by the Commission on 2 April 2020, is farmers. Businesses in the chain ‘from farm to fork’ could assume greater chain responsibility in this context, particularly if they can access national State aid, by not taking the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to terminate existing contracts with farmers.

1. Does the Commission agree that better coordination between Member States of measures relating to Covid-19 is needed in order to increase their efficiency and effectiveness? If so, what measures will the Commission take to this end?

2. Does the Commission believe that chain responsibility in agriculture, inter alia to guarantee food security, can play a part if national authorities are not sufficiently able or willing to perform this role, alongside Europe? If so, what will the Commission do to help the Member States to establish chain responsibility?

Original language of question: NL
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