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Carthy cautiously welcomes commitment of European Commission to “remain vigilant” on Fertiliser Prices

28 April, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy, commenting on a response he received to a Parliamentary Question to the European Commission, has welcomed the commitment of the European Commission to consider any possible evidence of anti-competitive activities as regards the supply of fertilisers.

Carthy said:

“During my many encounters with farmers and their representatives, one issue that has been raised regularly over the past few months has been the issue of the increasing costs of fertilisers.

“In particular, many farmers throughout my constituency have questioned this increase in light of the fact that there has been a recent decrease in the price of natural gas, which is the key ingredient in fertiliser production.

“I recently questioned the European Commissioner on this issue and I am cautiously welcome of their response which indicates that this is a matter the Commission would not hesitate to investigate.

“I also welcome the fact that the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development has written directly to the Competition Commission on this matter.

“I intend to question both the Competition Commission and the Commission for Agriculture further on this issue in order to get a clear sense of the action that has been taken at European level to ensure that the current increase in prices is not the result of anti-competitive forces.”

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