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17 February 2020
P-000927/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Asger Christensen, Jan Huitema, Martin Hlaváček, Atidzhe Alieva-Veli, Elsi Katainen, Ulrike Müller, Hilde Vautmans, Peter Kofod, Søren Gade, Morten Løkkegaard, Pernille Weiss
 Subject: Intensive pig farming in certain EU countries

At his hearing in the European Parliament on 1 October 2019, the Commissioner for Agriculture stated that he would represent all farmers in the EU, regardless of size or production. Agriculture differs from Member State to Member State and is a diverse sector. In this regard, recent social media interventions from the Commissioner claiming that the pig farming sector in countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark is unsustainable are very concerning and simplistic.

Could the Commission clarify on what factual and substantiated basis these remarks were made? Why has it singled out these particular Member States?

Sustainability is a very complex issue, which should take into account climate efficiency and measures, investment and advancements in the reduction in the use of antibiotics, among other factors. The aforementioned countries are leaders in this respect and a balanced picture has therefore not been presented.

Will these factors be taken into account in the Farm to Fork Strategy and the European Green Deal?

Can the Commission confirm that it is working on behalf of all farmers in the EU, that it will take an unbiased approach when addressing these issues and that it will represent farmers in the development of the Farm to Fork Strategy, and can it explain how it will do that?

Original language of question: BG
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