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Warnings from the sugar cane sector

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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Warnings from the sugar cane sector

During a press conference on 11 February, MEP Élie Hoarau and fellow representative Younous Omarjee warned of the consequences of the introduction by the EU of an agreement that greatly lowers customs duties on bananas produced by US and Latin American multinationals. This introduces a dangerous precedent because similarly to the banana market, the European sugar market has also been subject to attack for several years from multinationals that can produce at rock-bottom prices. Given that Europe has now ceded to these pressures, thereby abandoning thousands of small-scale producers, it is all the more urgent to ensure effective support for the sugar sector during negotiations that will determine future regulations in the sector, which will include the price for sugar cane received by the planter.

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