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Parliamentary questions
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3 July 2020
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002484/2020

The safeguard instrument may be used in the event that imports of a product in question increase significantly and under conditions that cause, or threaten to cause, serious injury to the producers concerned within the European Union. Safeguard measures may be imposed following an investigation, which demonstrates that such measures would indeed be justified on the basis of the relevant criteria.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, sugar prices at world level have indeed plummeted but have not, to date, had a significant impact on the European prices. In April 2020, the EU average price slightly increased to EUR 379/tonne compared to the previous month (i.e. EUR 375/tonne). In addition, sugar imports in March and April 2020 are about 15% lower than last year over the same period. Consequently, the information available does not at this stage show a disturbance in the European sugar market due to imports. The Commission will continue monitoring and will reassess the situation in the EU sugar sector as new information emerges.

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