Unfair competition in the agricultural sector

Representatives of the agricultural sector complain more or less regularly that they face unfair competition from overseas countries and others that do not respect the same obligations in terms of environmental protection and animal welfare as the sector in Luxembourg does. Our MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development several questions on this topic.

« Des représentants du milieu agricole se plaignent à des intervalles plus ou moins réguliers de la concurrence déloyale livrée par des pays d’outre-mer et autres qui ne respectent pas les mêmes obligations en matière de protection de l’environnement et du bien-être animal que l’agriculture luxembourgeoise. Il va sans dire que l’Union européenne importe les produits agricoles les plus divers de tous les coins du monde.

Voilà pourquoi nous aimerions poser les questions suivantes à Monsieur le Monsieur le Ministre de l’Agriculture, de la Viticulture et du Développement rural:

Monsieur le Ministre peut-il présenter des statistiques concernant les importations au Luxembourg des principaux produits agricoles en provenance de pays d’outre-mer et leur évolution récente ? Comment les contrôles de qualité en la matière sont-ils organisés et à l’échelle européenne et au niveau national ?

Les produits qui ne respecteraient pas les mêmes exigences de qualité imposées aux producteurs européens, et partant luxembourgeois, se voient-ils infliger des taxes spécifiques? Dans l’affirmative, lesquelles?

Dans quelle mesure la politique commerciale de l’U.E. tiendra-t- elle compte à l’avenir des évolutions récentes en matière de protection animale et environnementale dans la conclusion de nouveaux accords? À quel stade les discussions en la matière se trouvent-elles actuellement ? »

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More parliamentary questions

Do rapid diagnostic tests help against antibiotic shortages?

France is considering only allowing antibiotics to be prescribed if a rapid diagnostic test is carried out beforehand. This would make it possible to determine with certainty whether the infection is bacterial or viral.
This could on the one hand counteract the lack of antibiotics and on the other hand reduce antibiotic resistance.
DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health how many antibiotics have been prescribed in Luxembourg in the last five years and whether doctors should be made more aware of prescribing diagnostic tests.


Is therapeutic housing being commercialised?

Therapeutic housing is currently offered by approved outpatient psychiatric services to people suffering from mental health problems.
Rumours are now circulating that the Ministry of Health is planning to entrust the management of therapeutic housing to a commercial company.
DP MPs Gusty Graas and Gilles Baum asked the Minister for Health whether these rumours were true and, if so, why this course of action was being pursued rather than supporting the existing players in approved outpatient psychiatry.


Is there also abuse of “proton pump inhibitors” in Luxembourg?

According to a recent scientific study, the long-term use of so-called “proton pump inhibitors” (IPP), which are used to treat stomach problems, increases the risk of developing dementia. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers whether they are aware of this study, what conclusions they draw from it and whether figures on the use of IPPs in Luxembourg are known.