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Parliamentary questions
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13 September 2021
E-003151/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003151/2021

1. Fruit and vegetable products sold within the EU must conform to EU  marketing standards . For products originating in the EU, conformity checks are carried out by national inspection bodies under the supervision of national authorities. For products originating outside the EU, third countries may carry out their own conformity checks as foreseen in Article 15 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 543/2011(1), which aims at ensuring that checks align with EU or equivalent standards. Morocco is one in nine third countries where the inspection body provided satisfactory guarantees about the necessary personnel, equipment and facilities to carry out checks according to the equivalent methods in the Member States. Article 16 foresees the possibility of delisting third countries authorities if it is proven that, for a significant number of lots and/or quantities, the goods do not correspond to the information in the certificates of conformity issued by their inspection bodies. The report referred to by the Honourable Member is not of a nature to trigger an EU inspection.

2. Trade preferences for agricultural goods originating in Morocco have been extended to those originating in Western Sahara in accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2019/217 on the conclusion of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the EU and Morocco(2). Products originating in Western Sahara are granted the same preferential tariff treatment as those under the EU-Morocco Association Agreement. The Commission is not aware of any evidence that the Agreement may be implemented in a manner inconsistent with its provisions.

(1)OJ L 157, 15.6.2011, p. 1‐163.
(2)OJ L 34, 6.2.2019, p. 1‐3.
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