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Parliamentary questions
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31 March 2021
Question for written answer  E-001827/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Clara Aguilera (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Correcting the ineffective entry price system for Moroccan tomato imports

The entry price system is the European produce sector's only safeguard against trade-distorting imports, preventing as it does, in theory, imports from entering the common market at prices below a safety threshold.

The entry price for Moroccan tomatoes was set in 1995. The system for its calculation was revised in 2014, but the Commission decided to return to the old procedure at the request of the Moroccan Government.

The entry price system clearly fails to fulfil its stated aim for Moroccan tomatoes, since prices simply cannot fall below a catch-all reference price for all types of tomatoes set 25 years ago for round tomatoes.

Spanish producers have been incurring severe losses for many years and have been calling for individual prices to be set for different varieties. They thus wish the minimum price at which each different type of tomato can enter the market to be public knowledge, so that the protection mechanism can be activated and function as intended.

When does the Commission plan to amend the system for calculating the flat-rate import value to ensure the entry price system is effective and safeguards the stability of the EU tomato market?

Original language of question: ES
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