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Parliamentary questions
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8 April 2020
E-002186/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Antonio Maria Rinaldi, Matteo Adinolfi, Rosanna Conte, Alessandra Basso, Vincenzo Sofo, Valentino Grant, Francesca Donato, Marco Dreosto, Stefania Zambelli, Annalisa Tardino, Simona Baldassarre, Alessandro Panza, Anna Bonfrisco, Luisa Regimenti, Gianna Gancia
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Revision of European food strategies in view of the COVID-19 emergency

In the midst of the health and economic crisis that is affecting all of Europe, the food sector, albeit making considerable efforts, has responded efficiently, ensuring the functioning of the entire supply chain and the necessary supplies of products.

In spite of the positive response by the sector, there is a concrete risk that the recently adopted work programme on environmental sustainability, and its aspects relating to food, might be totally incompatible with the potential future requirements of European citizens and consumers over the next few months.

The investments required of operators to adapt to the measures required by ambitious programmes such as the Green New Deal or the Farm to Fork Strategy, calculated in the context of an essentially healthy economy, based on different fundamentals, could probably now be reviewed in order to create new essential instruments with a view to ensuring food security, improved health conditions in the workplace and the obligation to meet biosecurity requirements.

In the light of the serious crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, it is perhaps necessary to redetermine the arrangements and time frames for these programmes, whilst maintaining production and the functioning of the entire supply chain.

In view of the above, can the Commission answer the following question:

How does it intend to review the guidelines and roadmap for the launch of these strategies, given the new global and European outlook?

Supporters(1)

(1)This question is supported by Members other than the authors: Lucia Vuolo (ID), Mara Bizzotto (ID), Marco Campomenosi (ID)
Original language of question: IT
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