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Parliamentary questions
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28 January 2021
Question for written answer  E-000534/2021/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Manolis Kefalogiannis (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Massive imports of horticultural produce of dubious quality from Turkey

Great concern is being expressed by horticultural growers in Crete and other regions of Greece who, in the midst of the pandemic, are seeing the domestic market being swamped by cheap Turkish horticultural produce of dubious quality.

Between 1 and 23 November 2020,

the RASFF flagged up 26 instances of maximum residue levels (MRLs) being exceeded in fruit and vegetables originating from Turkey, as well as the presence of pesticides prohibited in the EU.

The use of such pesticides constitutes unfair competition for European producers that abide by health and environmental protection standards.

Indeed, EU provisions regarding pesticide residues are intended ensure that the same safety standards apply equally to EU food products and those imported from third countries.

Within the framework of the ‘farm to fork’ strategy, account will be taken of all environmental and health aspects when it comes to the question of importing pesticides no longer authorised in the EU.

After all, the safety of European consumers is a priority.

In view of this:

1. Will the Commission compensate European growers for unfair competition from third countries regarding the use of pesticides and the increased costs they are incurring as a result?

2. Does it have any information regarding the most recent inspections carried out at source in order to control the use of pesticides in the Turkish horticultural sector?

Original language of question: EL
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