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As a result, a number of European businesses have located units that use starch as a raw material outsidethe European Union, some of them in an industry with excellent prospects  biotechnology.In order to dispel some of the uncertainties that have dogged the European starch industry for a long timeand to remedy the harm that inevitably results from such uncertainties, could the Commission:give assurances that the system of refunds on the use of starch will be maintained and improved,confirm the principle whereby starch production refunds will cover the difference between maizeprices in the European Union and those on world markets?
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) European Parliament debates 4-475 (February 1996).
Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission
(29 April 1999)
The Commission endorses the undertaking it gave in Strasbourg in plenary session on 15 February 1996.The Commission has always been mindful of the need to ensure the competitiveness of the starch industry and sectors downstream in the Community, like the biotechnology industry that uses starch and starchproducts as a raw material.Under the refund scheme, very large and increasing quantities of starch and processed starch productsamounting to up to 3,5 million tonnes of starch equivalent are disposed of each year.The Commission does not agree that production refunds were inadequate in the period referred to by theHonourable Member.The way the refund is calculated must reflect the real difference between the world and Community marketprices for agricultural raw materials used in the manufacture of starch. This principle has always beenapplied to ensure the Community industry’s competitiveness as far as the prices of the raw material usedare concerned. In practice, the only reference market is the one for maize.The Commission will maintain this market management instrument as long as there is a significantdifference between prices on the world and Community markets.(1999/C 370/120)
WRITTEN QUESTION E-0689/99by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) to the Commission
(26 March 1999)Subject:
Imports of mushroomsGiven that an Italian company has been importing pickled mushrooms and uncooked mushrooms fromChina for the last three years, can that company also be authorized to import mushrooms in brine for theyear 2000?What is the authorized quantity of imported mushrooms in brine?How is this quantity calculated?
Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission
(28 April 1999)
The question put by the Honourable Member concerns imports within the tariff quota for preservedmushrooms of the genus Agaricus falling within CN codes 0711 90 40, 2003 10 20 and 2003 10 30.C 370/88 EN 21.12.1999Official Journal of the European Communities

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