Written Question: Method for calculating entry prices for Moroccan tomatoes

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 12 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002612/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Anne Sander (PPE)

Subject: Method for calculating entry prices for Moroccan tomatoes

The agreement between the EU and Morocco on reciprocal liberalisation measures, notably for agricultural products, came into effect in 2012. Since 2014, the method for calculating entry prices for Moroccan tomatoes has been based on the standard import value.

As it stands, this method is based on an average price that takes all tomato varieties into account, including those with high added-value. In doing so, it has inflated the average price of tomatoes and enabled Moroccan producers to avoid paying specific additional duties.

As a result, imports of Moroccan tomatoes to the EU are continuing to increase, making life difficult for Europe’s own producers.

Does the Commission intend to modify the system for calculating the value of imports in order to ensure realistic entry prices in tune with the market?

Will this issue also be taken into account during the ongoing negotiations on the free trade agreement?

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