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Parliamentary questions
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3 February 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Daniel Buda
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Increased risks to Romania of avian influenza from Poland

Representatives of the Association of Cattle, Sheep and Pig Breeders and Exporters (ACEBOP) have expressed concern at an extremely serious threat to farms in in Romania. A number of EU Member States are facing outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, in particular Poland, which exports large quantities of eggs, chickens and poultry meat.

The first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza this year was recently registered in Poland. In just three days, the virus spread, affecting three farms within a radius of 3 km, with about 400 000 head of livestock. According ACEBOP, Romania is the country most at risk with weekly imports running to hundreds of tonnes, including hundreds of thousands of eggs.

Avian influenza from Poland is not only threatening Romania’s farmers with massive losses but also placing its consumers at risk. The Commission must therefore take urgent action to protect consumers and prevent the spread of avian influenza.

In view of this, what instruments does it have available to combat avian influenza in the Member States?

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