62 MEPs call for sweeter deal for sugar cane refiners

62 MEPs call for sweeter deal for sugar cane refiners

Strasbourg, 24 May 2012 – EU rules on sugar are making the EU’s sugar refineries unviable with thousands of highly-skilled jobs at risk across Europe. London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has led the charge against the European Commission’s competition-distorting rules. She, along with 61 MEPs from 11 countries, has today written to EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş calling for a level playing field for both cane and beet refiners.

Marina said: “The European Union spends a lot of time talking about growth and jobs. However, when it comes to protecting existing jobs or promoting growth in the EU sugar sector the Commission is sticking to its rigid import regulations and economically threatening Europe’s cane refiners.

“Thousands of jobs are at stake in some of the most economically deprived areas of the EU, including in the Silvertown area of my London constituency. Of course I want to protect British jobs, but the Commission needs to realise that this is not just an issue for the UK and I hope that the large number of MEPs from different countries signing up to this letter is testament to that.

“We are not asking for special treatment for cane refiners, just a level playing field so that they may remain economically viable. Independent reports have shown that the 2006 EU sugar reforms have favoured beet over cane, with new proposals threatening to exacerbate the situation.

“This will not only hurt European refiners, but sugar cane producers in the developing world will also be squeezed out. Why spend so much EU money on structural funds and development assistance when we can promote jobs at home and abroad by increasing opportunities to import cane sugar?”

The letter was also signed by Paolo De Castro MEP, chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Janusz Wojciechowski MEP, the committee’s vice chair.

A list of the MEPs who signed the letter is attached. All London MEPs signed the letter apart from the Green Party’s Jean Lambert, who said that it would not in line with the Green group’s policy, and Gerard Batten who said that he had “advised Tate & Lyle that the only permanent solution to the problem is British withdrawal from the EU.”

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List of MEPs who signed the letter

Country

Name of MEP

 

Political Group/Party

 

Bulgaria

Binev

Slavi

NI

 

Bulgaria

Dimitar

Stoyanov

NI

*

Bulgaria

Iotova

Iliana

S&D

 

Bulgaria

Kalfin

Ivailo

S&D

 

Bulgaria

Nedelcheva

Mariya

EPP

*

Bulgaria

Parvanova

Antonyia

ALDE

 

Bulgaria

Urutchev

Vladimir

EPP

 

Cyprus

Theocharous

Eleni

EPP

 

Czech Republic

Češková

Andrea

ECR

 

Czech Republic

Ouzký

Miroslav

ECR

 

Czech Republic

Tošenovský

Evžen

ECR

 

Finland

Essayah

Sari

EPP

 

Ireland

Childers

Nessa

S&D

 

Italy

De Castro

Paolo

S&D

*

Netherlands

van Dalen

Peter

ECR

 

Poland

Migalski

Marek

ECR

 

Poland

Wojciechowski

Janusz

ECR

*

Portugal

Alves

Luis Paulo

S&D

*

Portugal

Bastos

Regina

EPP

 

Portugal

Capoulas Santos

Luis Manuel

ALDE

*

Portugal

Correia De Campos

Antonio

ALDE

 

Portugal

Feio

Diogo

EPP

 

Portugal

Fernandes

José Manuel

EPP

 

Portugal

Patrão Neves

Maria

EPP

 

Portugal

Rangel

Paulo

EPP

 

Portugal

Teixeira

Nuno

EPP

 

Romania

Becali

George

NI

 

Romania

Niculescu

Rareş-Lucian

EPP

*

Romania

Severin

Adrian

NI

 

Romania

Vălean

Adina-Ioana

ALDE

 

UK

Agnew

Stuart

UKIP (EFD)

*

UK

Ashworth

Richard

Conservative (ECR)

*

UK

Bearder

Catherine

Liberal (ALDE)

 

UK

Bearder

Catherine

Liberal (ALDE)

 

UK

Bradbourne

Philip

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Bufton

John

UKIP (EFD)

 

UK

Callanan

Martin

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Campbell Bannerman

David

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Cashman

Michael

Labour (S&D)

 

UK

Chichester

Giles

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Dartmouth

William

UKIP (EFD)

 

UK

Deva

Nirj

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Elles

James

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Foster

Jacqueline

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Fox

Ashley

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Honeyball

Mary

Labour (S&D)

 

UK

Kamall

Syed

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Karim

Sajjad

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Kirkhope

Timothy

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Ludford

Sarah

Liberal (ALDE)

 

UK

Lyon

George

Liberal (ALDE)

*

UK

Martin

David

Labour (S&D)

 

UK

McAvan

Linda

Labour (S&D)

 

UK

McIntyre

Anthea

Conservative (ECR)

*

UK

Moraes

Claude

Labour (S&D)

 

UK

Nicholson

Jim

Ulster Conservatives and Unionists  (ECR)

*

UK

Simpson

Brian

Labour (S&D)

*

UK

Stevenson

Struan

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Stihler

Catherine

Labour (S&D)

 

UK

Sturdy

Robert

Conservative (ECR)

*

UK

Tannock

Charles

Conservative (ECR)

 

UK

Yannakoudakis

Marina

Conservative (ECR)

 

*indicates member of Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Location of sugar cane refineries in the EU

Country

Refinery

City

Bulgaria

Zahar Bio AD, Ruse

Ruse

Bulgaria

Devnenski zaharen zavod EOOD

Devnya

Bulgaria

Burgaski zaharen zavod EAD

Burgas

Bulgaria

Bulgarska zahar 2002 OOD

Dolna Mitropolia

Bulgaria

Zaharen kombinat Plovdiv AD

Plovdiv

Bulgaria

Zahar EAD

Stara Zagora

Finland

Suomen Sokeri Oy

Porkkala

France

Sant Louis Sucre

Marseille

Italy

SFIR Raffineria di Brindisi S.p.A

Brindisi

Portugal

SIDUL Açucares Unipessoal, Lda.

Santa Iria de Azóia

Portugal

RAR - Refinarias de Açúcar Reunidas

Porto

Portugal

DAI - Soc. de Desenvolvimento Agro Industrial

Coruche

Romania

S.C. Zaharul Lieşti S.A.

Lieşti

Romania

S.C. LEMARCO CRISTAL S.R.L.

Ialomiţa

Romania

S.C. Agrana Roman

Roman

Romania

S.C. Agrana Buzău

Buzău

Romania

S.C. Agrana Ţăndărei

Ţăndărei

Spain

Azucarera Ebro

Guadalete

UK

Tate & Lyle Sugars

London

 

 

 

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