Situation on the poultry meat market following the suspension of customs duties and quotas on products from Ukraine
Question for written answer E-000795/2023
to the Commission
Jarosław Kalinowski (PPE), Adam Jarubas (PPE), Krzysztof Hetman (PPE)
In June 2022, a decision was taken to liberalise trade with Ukraine in order to support the country in the wake of Russia’s aggression. Unfortunately, this has led to serious disruptions in the EU’s poultry sector due to the unprecedented increase in poultry meat imports from Ukraine at very low prices.
The latest import figures show that:
– total poultry meat imports into the EU reached 163 675 tonnes in 2022, an 80% increase compared to the previous year;
– total EU egg imports reached 22 233 tonnes, up 300% compared to the previous year.
We understand the need to continue to provide support to Ukraine, but it is not fair that certain sectors in some Member States, in particular Poland, have to pay a very high price for this aid. If measures are not taken soon, the survival of our poultry industry will be at risk.
- 1.What steps does the Commission intend to take to ensure that Polish and European producers are able to compete with products from Ukraine which do not meet the same high quality and food safety standards?
- 2.Is the Commission considering not granting an extension of the suspension of customs duties and quotas for Ukrainian poultry meat and eggs for another year?
- 3.Does the Commission plan to adopt solutions that would ensure that products from Ukraine go to those countries most in need, i.e. those outside the EU?