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Parliamentary question - E-003623/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis on behalf of the European Commission

The Commission is well aware of the issue raised by the Honourable Member. The possibility exists for companies of the EU tomato industry to lodge a complaint with the Commission, should they consider to be confronted with imports that are subsidised or dumped, and they suffer injury from such imports. If such complaint is duly substantiated and the complaining companies represent at least 25% of EU production, the Commission can subsequently initiate an investigation and as a result impose, if warranted, anti-dumping or countervailing measures to correct the damage caused to EU producers and re-establish fair trading conditions for the product concerned.

The EU has systems in place to ensure that imported agri-food products comply with the relevant food safety standards. In particular, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002[1] requires food intended for import into the EU to comply with the relevant food safety requirements, and Member States must carry out controls to verify compliance with the relevant rules. In addition, when cases of non-compliance are identified and require specific risk management measures, Regulation (EU) 2019/1793[2] establishes temporary increases of official border controls and special import conditions on certain food and feed from certain third countries. T he Commission reviews these measures regularly in light of available information related to risks and non-compliance.

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