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Parliamentary questions
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3 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Pernando Barrena Arza (GUE/NGL)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the European Commission’s plans to assist small-scale producers in the dairy industry (cheese sector)

The following feature among the aims of the CAP: ‘to ensure a fair income for farmers’, ‘to balance the power in the food chain’, ‘preserve landscapes and biodiversity’, ‘maintain vibrant rural areas’ and ‘support generational renewal’.

In practice, however, the majority of the Commission’s policies are aimed at large-scale producers and fail to take account of small-scale producers, who in turn are marginalised. Small-scale producers are vital if food sovereignty is to be achieved in a given territory. They also help keep many rural areas alive and create invaluable natural and cultural heritage. This is indeed the case for many artisanal cheese producers in Asturias, the Basque Country and in other European regions.

Small-scale producers feel abandoned by both the national and EU authorities; they feel that they are negatively affected by European agricultural policies, which are aimed primarily at increasing the competitiveness of large-scale producers. They are also part of a sector for which the current crisis will have shown particularly little mercy.

In light of the above and of the benefits which small-scale producers in the dairy industry provide throughout the Union:

1. Does the Commission have specific plans to improve the situation of small-scale producers (specific funding lines to ensure the liquidity of small-scale industries, mass campaigns to promote consumption of locally-produced and artisanal dairy products ...)?

2. Does the Commission plan on revising its lines of action within the CAP with respect to this group of producers?

Original language of question: ES
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