Fri. May 27th, 2022

See question(s) : P-001111/2022

Answer given by Ms Urpilainen on behalf of the European Commission (5.5.2022)

  1. On 23 March 20221, the Commission adopted a Communication proposing short and medium-term actions to support food security in the EU and globally in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These actions contribute to transparent and well-functioning global food and input markets. Moreover, on 6 April 2022 the Commission committed close to EUR 1 billion for food security in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions, where millions of people already suffer from acute food insecurity.
  2. The Commission also committed to contributing to food security in North Africa and the Middle East, which rely on imports of cereals. The EU has launched a EUR 225 million Food and Resilience Facility for the Southern Neighbourhood and mobilised EUR 20 million for Lebanon as humanitarian assistance to cope with increased food prices. More generally, the Commission explores ways to increase humanitarian assistance to countries affected by the consequences of the war.
  3. The European Commission has adopted on 23 March 2022 a decision2 allowing Member States to temporarily derogate from certain requirements related to additional greening payments in order to bring additional agricultural land into production.

1 COM(2022)133 – Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on Safeguarding food security and reinforcing the resilience of food systems.

2 COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION of 23.3.2022 providing for derogations from Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and from Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 639/2014 as regards the implementation of certain conditions relating to the greening payment for claim year 2022.

Source: Answer to a written question – War in Ukraine, food security and the impact on the EU budget – P-001111/2022(ASW)

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