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Parliamentary questions
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24 April 2020
E-002484/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eric Andrieu
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: COVID-19 and European sugar producers

I was recently contacted by European sugar producers concerned about the effects of the coronavirus health crisis on the global economy as a whole and sugar markets in particular. Although sluggish for some time, these markets picked up slightly at the end of 2019, only for the COVID-19 pandemic to then send prices crashing down by more than 25%, having the same effect on oil prices, which tend to influence the global sugar market.

The situation does not look set to improve in the coming months. When its harvesting season begins, Brazil, which can choose to direct its cane towards either sugar or ethanol production, is high likely to favour the former, in order to increase exports at a time when the global market is facing slight shortages and the devaluation of its currency gives it a further competitive edge.

There is currently a debate on whether market measures are needed for a number of sectors suffering the effects the coronavirus crisis. However, why is the Commission not also considering introducing specific trade safeguards for the sugar sector in order to minimise imbalances in the EU market?

Original language of question: FR
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