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Parliamentary questions
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27 April 2020
Question for written answer E-002527/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Julie Lechanteux
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The need to regain food sovereignty in the light of the COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus crisis should prompt us to call into question the dogma requiring supplies to be obtained from world markets and instead to prioritise supplies from national and local sources.

With the disruption of global supply chains, the risk of food shortages is a very real one for our societies.

Some countries have already announced limits on their exports of rice and flour.

It should be recalled that China, to which entire sectors of our strategic industrial production have been outsourced, it also the biggest producer, consumer and stocker of cereals in the world (55%).

By contrast, stocks in the EU correspond to only 12% of its annual consumption, meaning that it has reserves to meet needs for just 43 days. In spite of this fact, the common agricultural policy is continuing on a neoliberal course.

The EU’s stocks are therefore far lower than those of any other major producer: Russia (18%), India (23​%), USA (25%), China (75%).

In view of the above, how does the Commission intend to ensure security of supply in accordance with Article 39(1)(d) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union?

Original language of question: FR
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