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Parliamentary questions
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14 May 2020
Question for written answer E-002996/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The European Union–Turkey Customs Union and trade barriers

On 11 May 2020, the Turkish Government announced it would impose additional tariffs of 30 % on products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, air conditioners, cables, machine parts, zippers, and lighters.

This recurrent practice of ‘additional duties’ imposed by Ankara has created an increasing number of trade barriers for EU companies, and constitutes breaches of EU-Turkey Customs Union rules. Turkey subjects products originating in third countries to additional duties when imported via the EU, even if they are already in free circulation. De facto all such imports need to have certificates of origin, even goods already in free circulation between the EU and Turkey with an A.TR movement certificate. This raises even more concerns for operators and manufacturers of higher value-added products in the EU. 

Against this background, what steps is the Commission taking to ensure that Turkey’s actions do not result in breaches of either the letter or the spirit of European Union–Turkey Customs Union Agreements?

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