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Parliamentary question - E-000043/2022Parliamentary question

    De facto protectionism in the EU

    Question for written answer  E-000043/2022
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Geert Bourgeois (ECR)

    The internal market is a boon to internal free trade, upward social convergence, jobs and prosperity. It is the crown jewel of the European Union. In practice, however, the internal borders are being closed once again for a number of goods. More and more retailers are only selling products manufactured in their own country, using labels such as ‘produit de ...’ or ‘made in ...’. Producers are thus forced to move production to other Member States even though they have sufficient production capacity in their own Member State. Although these de facto restrictions on free movement emanate from private individuals, we are nevertheless seeing governments playing a driving role in this and spurring it on. Of course, the short chain is a good thing, but this should not serve as a pretext for hidden protectionism.

    Last updated: 13 January 2022
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