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Parliamentary questions
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29 October 2021
Question for written answer  E-004938/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marco Campomenosi (ID), Matteo Adinolfi (ID), Simona Baldassarre (ID), Alessandra Basso (ID), Mara Bizzotto (ID), Paolo Borchia (ID), Massimo Casanova (ID), Susanna Ceccardi (ID), Angelo Ciocca (ID), Rosanna Conte (ID), Gianantonio Da Re (ID), Marco Dreosto (ID), Gianna Gancia (ID), Valentino Grant (ID), Danilo Oscar Lancini (ID), Elena Lizzi (ID), Alessandro Panza (ID), Antonio Maria Rinaldi (ID), Silvia Sardone (ID), Annalisa Tardino (ID), Isabella Tovaglieri (ID), Stefania Zambelli (ID), Marco Zanni (ID)
 Subject: REACT-EU programme and funding for research to reduce the costs of beef cultivation

On 21 October 2021, through an announcement on its own website, the Dutch food technology company Mosa Meat, together with its funding partner Nutreco, announced that it had received EUR 2 million from the EU through the REACT EU programme, the backbone of Next Generation EU, for a project aiming to ‘lower the costs of cultivating beef’ and, more specifically, ‘for research into lowering the costs of cell culture media’.

While REACT EU supports large-scale investments in a variety of sectors, it should focus exclusively on restoring Europe’s economic fabric, which has been severely affected by the pandemic crisis.

In view of this:

1. Can the Commission say how the preliminary investigation into the funded project is consistent with the general objectives of the programme and whether the product in question is already deemed to comply with ‘novel food’ legislation?

2. Can it also say how that investigation could arbitrarily consider ‘meat cultivation’ to be compatible with the requirement to support the green and digital transition, when the regulations on the various Green Deal strategies concerning food have not yet done so, not to mention the cumulative impact on the environment and human health of such an ultra-processed element, the engineered nature of which could undermine the final assessment with regard to its sustainability?

Original language of question: IT
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