The pig meat sector is facing a number of challenges, such as the increased price of piglets from EU Member States for which Romanian farmers have to pay between EUR 80 and EUR 90 per head, while breeding costs are no more than EUR 40-45 for a 25 kg piglet.

This disparity between production costs and sales prices is caused by the main producing countries limiting their pig exports to protect the internal market, thereby delaying purchasing.

A European pig-breeding programme is therefore necessary to assist small farmers, given that, for over 20 years, pig farmers in Romania have been completely dependent on breeders in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Denmark.

In view of this:

What instruments does the Commission have at its disposal to reduce the degree of dependence of small farmers on large undertakings and facilitate the purchase of pigs from other Member States?