Answer – Measures to aid the hazelnut sector – E-008502/2016

Under the common agricultural policy hazelnut producers can benefit from rural development programmes(1), direct payments(2) and market support(3). The EU also actively supports producer organisations and inter-branch organisations in order to strengthen the position of producers in the supply chain and to offer advantages to their members at all the stages of activity, like for example standard contracts for the sale of agricultural products to purchasers (including processors).

Imports of agricultural food products including hazelnuts are subject to the same food safety requirements applied for EU products, in line with the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement of the World Trade Organisation and to international standards such as the Codex Alimentarius. In addition, imports of hazelnuts have to comply with the general marketing standards laid down in Regulation (EU) No 543/2011, including requirements concerning quality and marking. Control of compliance with food safety and marketing standards is the responsibility of the Member States.

(1) Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17.12.2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 487).
(2) Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17.12.2013 establishing rules for direct payments to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 637/2008 and Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 608).
(3) Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 543/2011 of 7.6.2011 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 in respect of the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors (OJ L 157, 15.6.2011, p. 1).

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