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Parliamentary questions
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13 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Cristina Maestre Martín De Almagro (S&D), Clara Aguilera (S&D), César Luena (S&D), Adriana Maldonado López (S&D), Ibán García Del Blanco (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the wine sector

The COVID-19 pandemic is a source of some concern for the EU’s wine sector. In Spain, the turnover of wineries for the first quarter of 2020 is expected to be down by around 35%. The sector has not only had to tackle the hardships brought about by this crisis, but for months it has been dogged by other problems, such as disproportionate US tariffs, for which the Commission has not yet come up with a solution. Given that the current lull could result in liquidity problems in the sector, a loss of customers and even closure in the case of small wineries:

1. Is the Commission going to invest fresh money to prevent the closure of wineries and the loss of jobs in a sector that has always made an effort to achieve the standard of quality that it now offers?

2. Are European wines going to be promoted as much in the internal market as they are in third countries?

3. Are more measures planned to make national support programmes for the wine sector more flexible in order to tackle this crisis?

Original language of question: ES
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