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PE 630.397v02-00 A8-0200/2019

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common agricultural policy (CAP Strategic Plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

(COM(2018)0392 – C8‑0248/2018 – 2018/0216(COD))

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Rapporteur: Esther Herranz García

Rapporteur for the opinion (*):

Giovanni La Via, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

(*) Associated committee – Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION OF THE commission ON THE environment, PUBLIC HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY
 OPINION OF THE Committee on Development
 OPINION OF THE Committee on Budgets
 OPINION OF THE Committee on Budgetary Control
 OPINION OF THE Committee on Regional Development
 OPINION OF THE Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common agricultural policy (CAP Strategic Plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

(COM(2018)0392 – C8‑0248/2018 – 2018/0216(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2018)0392),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Articles 42 and 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8‑0248/2018),

–  having regard to Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the 1979 Act of Accession, and in particular paragraph 6 of Protocol No 4 on cotton attached thereto,

–  having regard to the reasoned opinion submitted, within the framework of Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, by the French National Assembly, asserting that the draft legislative act does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity (PE627.925 – 24/40/2018),

–  having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 17 October 2018(1),

–  having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions of 6 December 2018(2),

–  having regard to the opinion of the Court of Auditors of 25 October 2018(3),

–  having regard to Rule 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and also the opinions of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Development, the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on Budgetary Control, the Committee on Regional Development and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (A8-0200/2019),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

3.  Instructs its Presidents to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments;

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1a)  The CAP continues to play a key role in the development of the Union’s rural areas. It is therefore necessary to attempt to slow down the gradual abandonment of agricultural activity by keeping a CAP that is strong, with adequate resources, to mitigate the depopulation of rural areas and to continue meeting consumer expectations in terms of the environment, food safety and animal welfare. In view of the challenges faced by Union producers in responding to new regulatory requirements and a higher level of environmental ambition, against a background of price volatility and Union borders that are more open to imports from third countries, the CAP budget should be kept at least at the same level as during the 2014-2020 period.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1b)  In order to address the global dimension and implications of the CAP, the Commission should ensure coherence and continuity with the other Union external policies and instruments, in particular in development cooperation and trade. The Union’s commitment to policy coherence for development requires the taking into account of development objectives and principles when designing policies.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2)  Since the CAP needs to sharpen its responses to the challenges and opportunities as they manifest themselves at Union, international, national, regional, local and farm levels, it is necessary to streamline the governance of the CAP and improve its delivery on the Union objectives and to significantly decrease the administrative burden. In the CAP based on delivery of performance (‘delivery model’), the Union should set the basic policy parameters, such as objectives of the CAP and basic requirements, while Member States should bear greater responsibility as to how they meet the objectives and achieve targets. Enhanced subsidiarity makes it possible to better take into account local conditions and needs, tailoring the support to maximise the contribution to Union objectives.

(2)  Since the CAP needs to sharpen its responses to the challenges and opportunities as they manifest themselves at Union, international, national, regional, local and farm levels, it is necessary to streamline the governance of the CAP and improve its delivery on the Union objectives and to significantly decrease the administrative burden, in particular to the final beneficiaries. In the CAP based on delivery of performance (‘delivery model’), the Union should set the basic policy parameters, such as objectives of the CAP and basic requirements, while Member States should bear greater responsibility as to how they meet the objectives and achieve targets, whilst ensuring policy certainly and financial security for the sector. Enhanced subsidiarity makes it possible to better take into account local conditions and needs, tailoring the support to maximise the contribution to Union objectives. Nevertheless, in order to ensure that such subsidiarity does not represent into a “renationalisation” of the CAP, this Regulation should include a strong body of European Union provisions designed to prevent the distortion of competition and to ensure non-discriminatory treatment for all Union farmers throughout the territory of the Union.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  The use of common definitions entirely set at Union level has caused certain difficulties for Member States to cater their own specificities at national, regional, and local level. Member States should therefore be given the flexibility to specify certain definitions in their CAP Strategic Plan. In order to ensure a common level playing field, a certain framework has, however, to be set at Union level constituting the necessary essential elements to be included in those definitions (‘framework definitions’).

(3)  Member States should be given the flexibility to specify certain definitions in their CAP Strategic Plan. In order to ensure a common level playing field, a certain framework has, however, to be set at Union level constituting the necessary common elements to be included in those definitions (‘framework definitions’).

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  In order to ensure that the Union can respect its international obligations on domestic support as set out in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, and in particular that the basic income support for sustainability and related types of interventions continue to be notified as ‘Green Box’ support which has no, or at most minimal, trade-distorting effects or effects on production, the framework definition for ‘agricultural activity’ should provide for both the production of agricultural products or the maintenance of the agricultural area. In light of adjusting to local conditions, Member States should lay down the actual definition of agricultural activity in their CAP Strategic Plans.

(4)  In order to ensure that the Union can respect its international obligations on domestic support as set out in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, and in particular that the basic income support for sustainability and related types of interventions continue to be notified as ‘Green Box’ support which has no, or at most minimal, trade-distorting effects or effects on production, the framework definition for ‘agricultural activity’ should provide for both the production of agricultural products or the maintenance of the agricultural area. In light of adjusting to local conditions, Member States should lay down the definition of agricultural activity in their CAP Strategic Plans, complying with the common elements of the Union framework definition.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  In order to retain the essential Union-wide elements to ensure comparability between Member State decisions, without however limiting Member States in reaching Union objectives, a framework definition for ‘agricultural area’ should be set out. The related framework definitions for ‘arable land’, ‘permanent crops’ and ‘permanent grassland’ should be set out in a broad way to allow Member States to further specify definitions according to their local conditions. The framework definition for ‘arable land’ should be laid down in a way that allows Member States to cover different production forms, including system such as agroforestry and arable areas with shrubs and trees and that requires the inclusion of fallow land areas in order to ensure the decoupled nature of the interventions. The framework definition of ‘permanent crops’ should include both areas actually used for production and not, as well as nurseries and short rotation coppice to be defined by Member States. The framework definition of ‘permanent grassland’ should be set in a way that allows Member States to specify further criteria and allows them to include species other than grasses or other herbaceous forage that can be grazed or that may produce animal feed, whether used for actual production or not.

(5)  In order to retain common essential Union-wide elements to ensure comparability between Member State decisions and equal treatment between Union farmers, without however limiting Member States in reaching Union objectives, a framework definition for ‘agricultural area’ should be set out. The related framework definitions for ‘arable land’, ‘permanent crops’ and ‘permanent grassland’ should be set out in a broad way to allow Member States to further specify definitions according to their local conditions and traditional practices. The framework definition for ‘arable land’ should be laid down in a way that allows Member States to cover different production forms, including system such as agroforestry and arable areas with shrubs and trees and that requires the inclusion of fallow land areas in order to ensure the decoupled nature of the interventions. The framework definition of ‘permanent crops’ should include both areas actually used for production and not, as well as nurseries and short rotation coppice to be defined by Member States. The framework definition of ‘permanent grassland’ should be set in a way that allows Member States to specify further criteria and allows them to include species other than grasses or other herbaceous forage that can be grazed, whether exclusively or not, or that may produce animal feed, whether used for actual production or not.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a)   The focus in the future of farming should be on producing high-quality food, as that is where the Union’s competitive advantage lies. Union standards should be maintained and strengthened where feasible, and measures should be provided for to further increase the long-term productivity and competitiveness of the food production sector, and to introduce new technologies and a more efficient use of resources, thereby strengthening the Union’s role as a world leader.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8)  As regards the areas used for the production of hemp, in order to preserve public health and to ensure the coherence with other bodies of legislation, the use of hemp seeds varieties with tetrahydrocannabinol content below 0.2% should be part of the definition of eligible hectare.

(8)  As regards the areas used for the production of hemp, in order to preserve public health and to ensure the coherence with other bodies of legislation, the use of hemp seeds varieties with tetrahydrocannabinol content below 0,3 % should be part of the definition of eligible hectare.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9)  In view of further improving the performance of the CAP, income support should be targeted to genuine farmers. In order to ensure a common approach at Union level for such a targeting of support, a framework definition for ‘genuine farmer’ displaying the essential elements should be set out. On the basis of this framework, Member States should define in their CAP Strategic Plans which farmers are not considered genuine farmers based on conditions such as income tests, labour inputs on the farm, company object and inclusion in registers. It should also not result in precluding support to pluri-active farmers, who are actively farming but who are also engaged in non-agricultural activities outside their farm, as their multiple activities often strengthen the socio-economic fabric of rural areas.

(9)  In view of further improving the performance of the CAP, income support should be targeted to active farmers. In order to ensure a common approach at Union level for such a targeting of support, a framework definition for ‘active farmer’ displaying the common elements should be set out. Support to pluri-active farmers, who are actively farming but who are also engaged in non-agricultural activities outside their farm, should not be precluded, as their multiple activities often strengthen the socio-economic fabric of rural areas. The framework definition should, in any event, help to preserve the model of family farming that exists in the Union.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a)  Equality between women and men is a core principle of the Union and gender mainstreaming is an important tool in the integration of that principle into to the CAP. There should therefore be a particular focus on promoting the participation of women in the socio-economic development of rural areas. The size of female-operated farms tends to be smaller and the work performed by women, as farmers’ spouse, is not always recognised and visible, which has an impact on their economic independence. This Regulation should help to ensure that the work that women do is more visible, better appreciated and taken into account within the specific objectives to be proposed by the Member States in their strategic plans. Gender equality as well as non-discrimination principles should be an integral part of the preparation, implementation and evaluation of CAP interventions. Member States shall also strengthen their capacity in gender mainstreaming and in the collection of sex-disaggregated data.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10)  In order to ensure consistency between the direct payments types of interventions and rural development types of interventions when addressing the objective of generational renewal, a framework definition for ‘young farmer’ with the essential elements should be set out at Union level.

(10)  In order to ensure consistency between the direct payments types of interventions and rural development types of interventions when addressing the objective of generational renewal, a framework definition for ‘young farmer’ with common elements should be set out at Union level.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a)  In order to ensure consistency between the direct payments types of interventions and rural development types of interventions when addressing the objective of facilitating business development in rural areas, a framework definition for ‘new farmer’ with common elements should be set out at Union level.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11)  In order to give substance to the objectives of the CAP as established by Article 39 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), as well as to ensure that the Union adequately addresses its most recent challenges, it is appropriate to provide for a set of general objectives reflecting the orientations given in the Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’. A set of specific objectives should be further defined at Union level and applied by the Member States in their CAP Strategic Plans. While striking a balance across the dimensions of sustainable development, in line with the impact assessment, these specific objectives should translate the general objectives of the CAP into more concrete priorities and take into account relevant Union legislation, particularly with regard to climate, energy and environment.

(11)  In order to pursue the objectives of the CAP as established by Article 39 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), as well as to ensure that the Union adequately addresses its most recent challenges, it is appropriate to provide for a set of general objectives reflecting the orientations given in the Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’. A set of specific objectives should be further defined at Union level and pursued by the Member States in their CAP Strategic Plans. While striking a balance across the dimensions of sustainable development, in line with the impact assessment, these specific objectives should translate the general objectives of the CAP into more concrete priorities in the economic, environmental and social spheres.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13)  While under the CAP delivery model the Union should set the Union objectives and define the types of interventions as well as the basic Union requirements applicable to Member States, the latter should be in charge of translating that Union framework into support arrangements applicable to beneficiaries. In that context, Member States should act in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights, general principles of Union law and ensure that the legal framework for the granting of Union support to beneficiaries be based on their CAP Strategic plans and be in line with the principles and requirements set out under this Regulation and the [Horizontal Regulation].

(13)  While under the CAP delivery model the Union should set the Union objectives and define the types of interventions as well as the common Union requirements applicable to Member States, the latter should be in charge of translating that Union framework into support arrangements applicable to beneficiaries. In that context, Member States should act in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights, general principles of Union law and ensure that the legal framework for the granting of Union support to beneficiaries be based on their CAP Strategic plans and be in line with the principles and requirements set out under this Regulation and the [Horizontal Regulation].

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13a)  The cross-cutting principles set out in Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and in Article 10 TFEU, including the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as set out in Article 5 TEU, should be observed when implementing the CAP Strategic Plans. Member States and the Commission should also comply with the obligations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ensure accessibility in line with Article 9 thereof and in accordance with the Union law harmonising accessibility requirements for products and services. Member States and the Commission should seek to eliminate inequalities and promote equality between men and women and gender mainstreaming, as well as to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) should not support actions that contribute to any form of segregation, discrimination, or exclusion. The objectives of these funds should be pursued from the perspective of sustainable development and in line with the aim, promoted under the Aarhus Convention and by the Union, of preserving, protecting, and improving the quality of the environment and combating climate change, as set out in Article 11 and Article 191(1) TFEU, while applying the ‘polluter pays’ principle.

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13b)  The delivery model should not lead to a situation in which there are 27 different national agricultural policies, thus endangering the common spirit of the CAP and creating distortions. It should leave to Member States a certain degree of flexibility within a strong common regulatory framework.

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15)  In the context of greater market-orientation of the CAP, as outlined by the Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’, market exposure, climate change and associated frequency and severity of extreme weather events, as well as sanitary and phytosanitary crises, may lead to risks of price volatility and increasing pressures on incomes. Thus, although farmers are ultimately responsible for designing their on-farm strategies, a robust framework should be set up to ensure appropriate risk management. To this aim, Member States and farmers may be able to draw on a Union-level platform on risk management for capacity-building in order to provide farmers with adequate financial instruments for investments and access to working capital, training, knowledge transfer and advice.

(15)  In the context of greater market-orientation of the CAP, as outlined by the Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’, market exposure, trade agreements with third countries, climate change and associated frequency and severity of extreme weather events, as well as sanitary and phytosanitary crises, may lead to risks of price volatility and increasing pressures on incomes. Inequalities in the food chain, mainly at the expense of the primary sector, which is the “weakest link”, also have an adverse effect on producers’ incomes. Thus, although farmers are ultimately responsible for designing their on-farm strategies, a robust framework should be set up to ensure appropriate risk management. To this aim, Member States and farmers may be able to draw on a Union-level platform on risk management for capacity-building in order to provide farmers with adequate financial instruments for investments and access to working capital, training, knowledge transfer and advice.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16)  Bolstering environmental care and climate action and contributing to the achievement of Union environmental- and climate-related objectives is a very high priority in the future of Union agriculture and forestry. The architecture of the CAP should therefore reflect greater ambition with respect to these objectives. By virtue of the delivery model, action taken to tackle environmental degradation and climate change should be result-driven and Article 11 TFEU should, for this purpose, be considered as an obligation of result.

(16)  Supporting and improving environmental protection, biodiversity and genetic diversity in the agricultural system, as well as climate action and contributing to the achievement of Union environmental- and climate-related objectives is a very high priority in the future of Union agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The architecture of the CAP should therefore reflect greater ambition with respect to these objectives, while at the same time reflecting adequately the greater burden and requirements before the producers. By virtue of the delivery model, action taken to tackle environmental degradation and climate change should be result-driven and Article 11 TFEU should, for this purpose, be considered as an obligation of result.

As many rural areas in the Union suffer from structural problems such as lack of attractive employment opportunities, skill shortages, underinvestment in connectivity, infrastructures and essential services, as well as youth drain, it is fundamental to strengthen the socio-economic fabric in those areas, in line with the Cork 2.0. Declaration, particularly through job creation and generational renewal, by bringing the Commission's jobs and growth to rural areas, promoting social inclusion, generational renewal and the development of ‘Smart Villages’ across the European countryside. As indicated in the Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’, new rural value chains such as renewable energy, the emerging bio-economy, the circular economy, and ecotourism can offer good growth and job potential for rural areas. In this context, financial instruments and the use of the InvestEU guarantee can play a crucial role for ensuring access to financing and for bolstering the growth capacity of farms and enterprises. There is a potential for employment opportunities in rural areas for legally staying third country nationals, promoting their social and economic integration especially in the framework of Community-led Local Development strategies.

As many rural areas in the Union suffer from structural problems such as lack of attractive employment opportunities, skill shortages, underinvestment in broadband and connectivity, infrastructures and essential services, as well as youth drain, it is fundamental to strengthen the socio-economic fabric in those areas, in line with the Cork 2.0. Declaration, particularly through job creation and generational renewal, by bringing the Commission's jobs and growth to rural areas, promoting social inclusion, support for young people, greater participation by women in the rural economy generational renewal and the development of ‘Smart Villages’ across the European countryside. With a view to stabilising and diversifying the rural economy, the development, establishmen t and retention of non-agricultural enterprises should be supported. As indicated in the Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’, new rural value chains such as renewable energy, the emerging bio-economy, the circular economy, and ecotourism can offer good growth and job potential for rural areas, while conserving natural resources. In this context, financial instruments can play a crucial role for ensuring access to financing and for bolstering the growth capacity of farms and enterprises. There is a potential for employment opportunities in rural areas for legally staying third country nationals, promoting their social and economic integration especially in the framework of Community-led Local Development strategies.

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(16a)  For the socio-economic sustainability of t rural areas, the Commission should check that the Member States ensure in the CAP Strategic Plan that there is coherence between the application of Directive2010/41/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council1a and the long-term approach on the use of Rural Development funds.

 

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1a Directive 2010/41/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on the application of the principle of equal treatment between men and women engaged in an activity in a self-employed capacity and repealing Council Directive 86/613/EEC (OJ L 180, 15.7.2010, p. 1).

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(17)  The CAP should keep ensuring food security, which should be understood as meaning access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food at all times. Moreover, it should help improving the response of Union agriculture to new societal demands on food and health, including sustainable agricultural production, healthier nutrition, food waste and animal welfare. The CAP should continue to promote production with specific and valuable characteristics, while at the same time helping farmers to proactively adjust their production according to market signals and consumers’ demands.

(17)  The CAP should keep ensuring food security, which should be understood as meaning access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food at all times. Moreover, it should help improving the response of Union agriculture to new societal demands on food and health, including sustainable agricultural production, healthier nutrition, high-quality production and quality differentiation, food waste and animal welfare. The CAP should continue to promote sustainable production with specific and valuable characteristics, such as High Nature Value farming systems, while at the same time helping farmers to proactively adjust their production according to market signalsand consumers’ demands.

Amendment      21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17a)  The One Health Action Plan against antimicrobial resistance considers vaccination to be a cost-effective public health intervention to combat AMR, but that the relatively higher cost of diagnosis, antimicrobial alternatives and vaccination compared with conventional antibiotics are an obstacle to increasing the vaccination rate of animals.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22)  The framework of standards of GAECs aims to contribute to the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the tackling of water challenges, the protection and quality of soil and the protection and quality of biodiversity. The framework needs to be enhanced to take into account in particular the practices set until 2020 under the greening of direct payments, the mitigation of climate change and the need to improve farms sustainability, and in particular the nutrients management. It is acknowledged that each GAEC contributes to multiple objectives. In order to implement the framework, Member States should define a national standard for each of the standards set at Union level taking into account the specific characteristics of the area concerned, including soil and climatic conditions, existing farming conditions, land use, crop rotation, farming practices and farm structures. Member States may also define in addition other national standards related to the main objectives laid down in Annex III in order to improve the environmental and climate delivery of the GAEC framework. As part of GAEC framework, in order to support both the agronomic and the environmental performance of farms, nutrient management plans will be established with the help of a dedicated electronic Farm Sustainability Tool made available by the Member States to individual farmers. The tool should provide on-farm decision support starting from minimum nutrient management functionalities. A wide interoperability and modularity should also ensure the possibility to add other electronic on-farm and e-governance applications. In order to ensure a level playing field between farmers and across the Union, the Commission may provide support to the Member States in the design of the Tool as well as with the data storage and processing services required.

(22)  The framework of standards of GAECs aims to contribute to the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the tackling of water challenges, the protection and quality of soil and the protection and quality of biodiversity. The framework needs to be enhanced to take into account in particular the practices set until 2020 under the greening of direct payments, the mitigation of climate change and the need to improve farms sustainability. It is acknowledged that each GAEC contributes to multiple objectives. In order to implement the framework, Member States should define a national standard for each of the standards set at Union level taking into account the specific characteristics of the area concerned, including soil and climatic conditions, existing farming conditions, the agronomic characteristics of different productions, differences beween annual crops, permanent crops and other specialised production, land use, crop rotation, local and traditional farming practices and farm structures. Member States may also define equivaleant practives or certification systems having a beneficial impact on the climate and the environment which is similar to or better than the impact of one or more GAEC practices.

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(23)  SMRs need to be fully implemented by Member States in order to become operational at farm level and ensure equal treatment of farmers. To ensure the consistency of the rules on conditionality in enhancing the sustainability of the policy, SMRs should encompass main Union legislation on environment, public health, animal health, plant health and animal welfare which implementation at national level imply precise obligations on individual farmers, including obligations under Council Directive 92/43/EEC11 and Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council12 or Council Directive 91/676/EEC13. In order to follow up on the joint statement made by the European Parliament and the Council as annexed to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council14, the relevant provisions of Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council15 and Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council16 are included as SMRs into the scope of conditionality and the list of GAEC standards is adapted accordingly.

(23)  SMRs need to be fully implemented by Member States in order to become operational at farm level and ensure equal treatment of farmers. To ensure the consistency of the rules on conditionality in enhancing the sustainability of the policy, SMRs should encompass main Union legislation on environment, public health, animal health, plant health and animal welfare which implementation at national level imply precise obligations on individual farmers, including obligations under Council Directive 92/43/EEC11 and Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council12 or Council Directive 91/676/EEC13. In order to follow up on the joint statement made by the European Parliament and the Council as annexed to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council14, the relevant provisions of Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council15 (the Water Framework Directive) and Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council16 are included as SMRs into the scope of conditionality and the list of GAEC standards is adapted accordingly.

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11. Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7).

11. Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7).

12. Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (OJ L 20, 26.1.2010, p. 7).

12. Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (OJ L 20, 26.1.2010, p. 7).

13. Council Directive 91/676/EEC of 12 December 1991 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources (OJ L 375, 31.12.1991, p. 1).

13. Council Directive 91/676/EEC of 12 December 1991 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources (OJ L 375, 31.12.1991, p. 1).

14. Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 352/78, (EC) No 165/94, (EC) No 2799/98, (EC) No 814/2000, (EC) No 1290/2005 and (EC) No 485/2008 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 549).

14. Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 352/78, (EC) No 165/94, (EC) No 2799/98, (EC) No 814/2000, (EC) No 1290/2005 and (EC) No 485/2008 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 549).

15. Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy (OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 1).

15. Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy (OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 1).

16. Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 71).

16. Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 71).

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24)  Member States should set farm advisory services for the purpose of improving the sustainable management and overall performance of agricultural holdings and rural businesses, covering economic, environmental and social dimensions, and to identify the necessary improvements as regards all measures at farm level provided for in the CAP Strategic Plans. These farm advisory services should help farmers and other beneficiaries of CAP support to become more aware of the relationship between farm management and land management on the one hand, and certain standards, requirements and information, including environmental and climate ones, on the other hand. The list of the latter includes standards applying to or necessary for farmers and other CAP beneficiaries and set in the CAP Strategic Plan, as well as those stemming from the legislation on water, on the sustainable use of pesticides, as well as the initiatives to combat antimicrobial resistance and the management of risks. In order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the advice, Member States should integrate advisors within the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS), in order to be able to deliver up-to-date technological and scientific information developed by research and innovation.

(24)  Member States should provide high-quality farm advisory services for the purpose of improving the sustainable management and overall performance of agricultural holdings and rural businesses, covering economic, environmental and social dimensions, and to identify the necessary improvements as regards all measures at farm level provided for in the CAP Strategic Plans. These farm advisory services should help farmers and other beneficiaries of CAP support to become more aware of the relationship between farm management and land management on the one hand, and certain standards, requirements and information, including environmental and climate ones, on the other hand. The list of the latter includes standards applying to or necessary for farmers and other CAP beneficiaries and set in the CAP Strategic Plan, as well as those stemming from the legislation on water, on the sustainable use of pesticides, as well as the initiatives to combat antimicrobial resistance and the management of risks. In order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the advice, Member States should integrate advisors within the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS), in order to be able to deliver up-to-date technological and scientific information developed by research and innovation. Any Union initiatives regarding advisory services and innovation systems should be built, whenever possible, upon existing ones at Member State level.

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(26)  Union legislation should provide that Member States should set requirements in terms of minimum area for receiving decoupled payments in their CAP Strategic Plan. Such requirements should relate to the need to avoid the excessive administrative burden caused by managing numerous payments of small amounts and to that of ensuring an effective contribution of the support to the objectives of the CAP to which the decoupled direct payments contribute. In order to guarantee a minimum level of agricultural income support for all genuine farmers, as well as to comply with the Treaty objective in ensuring a fair standard of living for the agricultural community, an annual area-based decoupled payment should be established as the type of intervention ‘basic income support for sustainability’. In order to enhance better targeting of this support, the payment amounts can be differentiated, by groups of territories, based on socio-economic and/or agronomic conditions. In view of avoiding disruptive effects for farmers' income, Member States may choose to implement the basic income support for sustainability based on payment entitlements. In this case, the value of payment entitlements before any further convergence should be proportional to their value as established under the basic payment schemes pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013, taking also into account the payments for agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment. Member States should also achieve further convergence in order to continue to move progressively away from historical values.

(26)  Union legislation should provide that Member States should set requirements in terms of minimum area for receiving decoupled payments in their CAP Strategic Plan. Such requirements should relate to the need to avoid the excessive administrative burden caused by managing numerous payments of small amounts and to that of ensuring an effective contribution of the support to the objectives of the CAP to which the decoupled direct payments contribute. In order to guarantee a minimum level of agricultural income support for all active farmers, as well as to comply with the Treaty objective in ensuring a fair standard of living for the agricultural community, an annual area-based decoupled payment should be established as the type of intervention ‘basic income support for sustainability’. In order to enhance better targeting of this support, the payment amounts can be differentiated, by groups of territories, based on socio-economic, environmental and/or agronomic conditions. In view of avoiding disruptive effects for farmers' income, Member States may choose to implement the basic income support for sustainability based on payment entitlements. In this case, the value of payment entitlements before any further convergence should be proportional to their value as established under the basic payment schemes pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013, taking also into account the payments for agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment. Member States should also achieve further convergence in order to move progressively to full convergence by 2026

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(26 a)  Income support through the CAP is a major contributor to the stability and sustainability of many small and family farms across Europe, and although expectations on farmers have increased, monetary benefits have not. The CAP's overall share of the EU is decreasing, while market crises in the sector and a falling number of active famers continue to threaten the survival of the sector. The family farm model should be protected as a General Objective of the CAP and through the Member State Strategic Plans, giving proper place to the vital role this model has in contributing to the social fabric of rural life, and the provision of a way of life for many rural dwellers. Family farms contribute to sustainable food production, the preservation of natural resources, diversification needs and ad ensuring food security. The first farmers to suffer under the immense pressures of globalisation will be those that pursue the small family farm model. Such a situation would be an obvious failure to meet the objectives of the CAP and would undermine the argument for support of the CAP in future. Therefore the CAP Strategic Plans should pursue through their specific objectives keeping the protection of this farming model.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(28)  Small farms remain a cornerstone of Union agriculture as they play a vital role in supporting rural employment and contribute to territorial development. In order to promote a more balanced distribution of support and to reduce administrative burden for beneficiaries of small amounts, Member States should have the option of offering to small farmers the possibility of replacing the other direct payments by providing a round some payment for small farmers.

(28)  Small farms remain a cornerstone of Union agriculture as they play a vital role in supporting rural employment and contribute to territorial development. In order to promote a more balanced distribution of support and to reduce administrative burden for beneficiaries of small amounts, Member States should have the option of offering to small farmers the possibility of replacing direct payments by providing a round some payment for small farmers. However, with a view to further reducing the administrative burden, Member States should be authorised to automatically include certain farmers, initially, within the simplified scheme, offering them the possibility of withdrawing from it by a specific deadline. In line with the principle of proportionality, the Member States should be given the possibility of establishing a reduced system of conditionality checks for small farmers that participate in the simplified scheme .

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(30a)  Organic farming is developing in many Member States and has a proven track record of delivering public goods, preserving ecosystems services and natural resources, reducing inputs, attracting young farmers and women in particular,creating jobs, experimenting with new business models, meeting societal demands, and revitalising rural areas. Yet the growth in demand for organic products continues to outpace the growth in production. Member States should ensure that their CAP Strategic Plans include objectives to increase the share of agricultural land under organic management in order to meet the increasing demand for organic products, and to develop the whole organic supply chain. Member States should be able to fund organic conversion and maintenance either through rural development measures or through eco-schemes, or through a combination of both, and should ensure that allocated budgets match the expected growth in organic production.

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 31

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(31)  The CAP should ensure that Member States increase the environmental delivery by respecting local needs and farmers' actual circumstances. Member States should under direct payments in the CAP Strategic Plan set up Eco-schemes voluntary for farmers, which should be fully coordinated with the other relevant interventions. They should be defined by the Member States as a payment granted either for incentivising and remunerating the provision of public goods by agricultural practices beneficial to the environment and climate or as a compensation for the introduction of these practices. In both cases they should aim at enhancing the environmental and climate performance of the CAP and should consequently be conceived to go beyond the mandatory requirements already prescribed by the system of conditionality. Member States may decide to set up eco-schemes for agricultural practices such as the enhanced management of permanent pastures and landscape features, and organic farming. These schemes may also include ‘entry-level schemes’ which may be a condition for taking up more ambitious rural development commitments.

(31)  The CAP should ensure that Member States increase the environmental delivery by respecting local needs and farmers' actual circumstances. Member States should under direct payments in the CAP Strategic Plan set up Eco-schemes voluntary for farmers, which should be fully coordinated with the other relevant interventions. They should be defined by the Member States as a payment granted either for incentivising and remunerating the provision of public goods by agricultural practices beneficial to the environment and climate, they should aim at enhancing the environmental and climate performance of the CAP and should consequently be conceived to go beyond the mandatory requirements already prescribed by the system of conditionality. Member States may decide to set up eco-schemes to promote production models that are beneficial for the environment, particularly extensive livestock rearing, and to promote all kinds of agricultural practicessuch as the enhanced management of permanent pastures and landscape features, and environmental certification schemes, such as organic farming, integrated production, or conservation agriculture. These schemes may also include measures of a type other than rural development environmental and climate commitments, or measures of the same nature that may be classified as ‘entry-level schemes’ which may be a condition for taking up more ambitious rural development commitments.

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(33)  Compliance of coupled income support with the Union's international commitments should be ensured. This includes in particular the requirements of the Memorandum of Understanding between the European Economic Community and the United States of America on oilseeds within the framework of the GATT,17as applicable subsequent to changes to the EU separate base area for oilseeds following changes to the composition of the EU. The Commission should have the power to adopt implementing acts for this purpose of laying down detailed rules in this respect.

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17 Memorandum of Understanding between the Economic Community and the United States of America on oil seeds under GATT (OJ L147, 18/06/1993).

 

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 35

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(35)  Sectoral types of interventions are needed to contribute to the CAP objectives and reinforce synergies with other CAP instruments. In line with the delivery model, minimum requirements concerning the contents and objectives for such sectoral types of interventions should be elaborated at Union level in order to ensure a level playing field in the internal market and avoid conditions of unequal and unfair competition. Member States should justify their inclusion in their CAP Strategic Plans and ensure consistency with other interventions at sectoral level. The broad types of interventions to be established at Union level should cover the sectors of fruit and vegetables, wine, apiculture products, olive oil and table olives, hops and other products to be defined, for which the establishment of sectoral programs is deemed to have beneficial effects on the achievement of some or all of the general and specific objectives of the CAP pursued by this Regulation.

(35)  Sectoral types of interventions are needed to contribute to the CAP objectives and reinforce synergies with other CAP instruments. In line with the delivery model, minimum requirements concerning the contents and objectives for such sectoral types of interventions should be elaborated at Union level in order to ensure a level playing field in the internal market and avoid conditions of unequal and unfair competition. Member States should justify their inclusion in their CAP Strategic Plans and ensure consistency with other interventions at sectoral level. The broad types of interventions to be established at Union level should cover the sectors of fruit and vegetables, wine, apiculture products, olive oil and table olives, hops and other products defined in Article 39, for which the establishment of sectoral programs is deemed to have beneficial effects on the achievement of some or all of the general and specific objectives of the CAP pursued by this Regulation.

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 35 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(35a)  In view of the increase in the allocation provided for the apiculture sector and in recognition of the important role it plays in preserving biodiversity and food production, it is appropriate to also increase the Union co-financing ceiling and to add new eligible measures designed to promote the sector’s development.

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 37

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(37)  For interventions for rural development, principles are defined at Union level, particularly with regard to the basic requirements for the Member States to apply selection criteria. However, Member States should have ample discretion to define specific conditions according to their needs. Types of interventions for rural development include payments for environmental, climate and other management commitments that Member States should support throughout their territories, in accordance with their national, regional or local specific needs. Member States should grant payments to farmers and other land managers who undertake, on a voluntary basis, management commitments that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to the protection and improvement of the environment including water quality and quantity, air quality, soil, biodiversity and ecosystem services including voluntary commitments in Natura 2000 and support for genetic diversity. Support under payments for management commitments may also be granted in the form of locally-led, integrated or cooperative approaches and result-based interventions.

(37)  For interventions for rural development, principles are defined at Union level, particularly with regard to the basic requirements for the Member States to apply selection criteria. However, Member States should have ample discretion to define specific conditions according to their needs. Types of interventions for rural development include payments for environmental, climate and other management commitments that Member States should support throughout their territories, in accordance with their national, regional or local specific needs. Member States should grant payments to farmers, groups of farmers and other land managers who undertake, on a voluntary basis, management commitments that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to the protection and improvement of the environment including water quality and quantity, air quality, soil, biodiversity and ecosystem services including voluntary commitments in Natura 2000, and in High Nature Value Areas and support for genetic diversity. Support under payments for management commitments may also be granted in the form of locally-led, integrated, collective or cooperative approaches and result-based interventions.

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(38)  Support for management commitments may include organic farming premia for the maintenance of and the conversion to organic land; payments for other types of interventions supporting environmentally friendly production systems such as agro-ecology, conservation agriculture and integrated production; forest environmental and climate services and forest conservation; premia for forests and establishment of agroforestry systems; animal welfare; conservation, sustainable use and development of genetic resources. Member States may develop other schemes under this type of interventions on the basis of their needs. This type of payments should cover additional costs and income foregone only resulting from commitments going beyond the baseline of mandatory standards and requirements established in Union and national law, as well as conditionality, as laid down in the CAP Strategic Plan. Commitments related to this type of interventions may be undertaken for a pre-established annual or pluri-annual period and might go beyond seven years where duly justified.

(38)  Support for management commitments may include organic farming premia for the maintenance of and the conversion to organic land; payments for other types of interventions supporting environmentally friendly production systems such as High Nature Value farming, agro-ecology, conservation agriculture and integrated production; forest environmental and climate services and forest conservation; premia for forests and establishment of agroforestry systems; the protection of traditional agricultural landscapes, animal welfare; conservation, sustainable use and development of genetic resources. Member States may develop other schemes under this type of interventions on the basis of their needs and they may strengten the agri-environmental measures specific to the beekeeping sectotr which already exist in certain regions of the Union, and develop further measures. This type of payments should cover additional costs and income foregone only resulting from commitments going beyond the baseline of mandatory standards and requirements established in Union and national law, as well as conditionality, as laid down in the CAP Strategic Plan. Member States should also provide financial incentives to beneficiaries, Commitments related to this type of interventions may be undertaken for a pre-established annual or pluri-annual period and might go beyond seven years where duly justified.

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 39

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(39)  Forestry measures should contribute to the implementation of the Union Forest Strategy, and be based on Member States' national or sub-national forest programs or equivalent instruments, which should build on the commitments stemming from the Regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emission and removals from land use, land use energy and forestry [LULUCF Regulation] and those made in the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe. Interventions should be based on forest management plans or equivalent instruments and may comprise forest area development and sustainable management of forests, including the afforestation of land and the creation and regeneration of agroforestry systems; the protection, restoration and improvement of forest resources, taking into account adaptation needs; investments to guarantee and enhance forest conservation and resilience, and the provision of forest ecosystem and climate services; and measures and investments in support of the renewable energy and bio-economy.

(39)  Forestry measures should contribute to widening the use of agroforestry systems and to the implementation of the Union Forest Strategy, and be based on Member States' national or sub-national forest programs or equivalent instruments, which should build on the commitments stemming from Regulation (EU) 2018/841 of the European Parliament and of the Council1a and those made by the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe. Interventions should be based on forest management plans or equivalent instruments and may comprise forest area development and sustainable management of forests, including the afforestation of land, fire prevention and the creation and regeneration of agroforestry systems; the protection, restoration and improvement of forest resources, taking into account adaptation needs; investments to guarantee and enhance forest conservation and resilience, and the provision of forest ecosystem and climate services; and measures and investments in support of the renewable energy and bio-economy.

 

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1a Regulation (EU) 2018/841 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework, and amending Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 and Decision No 529/2013/EU (OJ L 156, 19.6.2018, p. 1).

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(40)  In order to ensure a fair income and a resilient agricultural sector across the Union territory, Member States may grant support to farmers in areas facing natural and other area-specific constraints. As regards payments for ANC, the designation of the 2014-2020 Rural Development policy should continue to apply. For the CAP to deliver enhanced Union added on the environment and reinforce its synergies with the financing of investments in nature and biodiversity, it is necessary to keep a separate measure aiming at compensating beneficiaries for disadvantages related to the implementation of Natura 2000 and Water Framework Directives. Support should therefore continue to be granted to farmers and forest holders to help address specific disadvantages resulting from the implementation of Directive 2009/147/EC and Directive 92/43/EEC and in order to contribute to the effective management of Natura 2000 sites. Support should also be made available to farmers to help address disadvantages in river basin areas resulting from the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. Support should be linked to specific requirements described in the CAP Strategic Plans that go beyond relevant mandatory standards and requirements. Member States should also ensure that payments to farmers do not lead to double funding with eco schemes. Furthermore, the specific needs of Natura 2000 areas should be taken into account by Member States in the overall design of their CAP Strategic Plans.

(40)  In order to ensure a fair income and a resilient agricultural sector across the Union territory, Member States may grant support to farmers in areas facing natural and other area-specific constraints, including mountain areas and island regions. As regards payments for ANC, the designation of the 2014-2020 Rural Development policy should continue to apply. For the CAP to deliver enhanced Union added on the environment and reinforce its synergies with the financing of investments in nature and biodiversity, it is necessary to keep a separate measure aiming at compensating beneficiaries for disadvantages related to the implementation of Natura 2000 established by Council Directive 92/43/EEC1a and of the Water Framework Directive. Support should therefore continue to be granted to farmers and forest holders to help address specific disadvantages resulting from the implementation of Directive 2009/147/EC and Directive 92/43/EEC and in order to contribute to the effective management of Natura 2000 sites. Support should also be made available to farmers to help address disadvantages in river basin areas resulting from the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. Support should be linked to specific requirements described in the CAP Strategic Plans that go beyond relevant mandatory standards and requirements. Member States should also ensure that payments to farmers do not lead to double funding with eco schemes, while at the same time allowing enough flexibility in Strategic Plans to facilitate complementarity between different interventions. Furthermore, the specific needs of Natura 2000 areas should be taken into account by Member States in the overall design of their CAP Strategic Plans.

 

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1a Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 206 , 22/07/1992, p.7).

Amendment    37

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 41

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(41)  The objectives of the CAP should also be pursued through support for investments, productive as well as non-productive, on farm as well as off-farm. Such investments may concern, inter alia, infrastructures related to the development, modernisation or adaptation to climate change of agriculture and forestry, including access to farm and forest land, land consolidation and improvement, agro-forestry practices and the supply and saving of energy and water. In order to better ensure the consistency of the CAP Strategic Plans with Union objectives, as well as a level playing field between Member States, a negative list of investment topics is included in this Regulation.

(41)  The objectives of the CAP should also be pursued through support for investments, productive as well as non-productive, which aim to strengthen farms’ resilience. Such investments may concern, inter aliainfrastructures related to the development, modernisation or adaptation to climate change of agriculture and forestry, including access to farm and forest land, land consolidation and improvement, agro-forestry practices, and the supply and saving of energy and water. In order to better ensure the consistency of the CAP Strategic Plans with Union objectives, as well as a level playing field between Member States, a negative list of investment topics is included in this Regulation.

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 42

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(42)  In the light of the need to fill the investment gap in the Union agricultural sector and improve access to financial instruments for priority groups, notably young farmers and new entrants with higher risk profiles, use of the InvestEU guarantee and combination of grants and financial instruments should be encouraged. Since the use of financial instruments across Member States varies considerably as a result of differences in terms of access to finance, banking sector development, presence of risk capital, familiarity of public administrations and potential range of beneficiaries, Member States should establish in the CAP Strategic Plan appropriate targets, beneficiaries and preferential conditions, and other possible eligibility rules.

(42)  In the light of the need to fill the investment gap in the Union agricultural sector and improve access to financial instruments for priority groups, notably young farmers and new entrants with higher risk profiles, a combination of grants and financial instruments should be encouraged. Since the use of financial instruments across Member States varies considerably as a result of differences in terms of access to finance, banking sector development, presence of risk capital, familiarity of public administrations and potential range of beneficiaries, Member States should establish in the CAP Strategic Plan appropriate targets, beneficiaries and preferential conditions, and other possible eligibility rules.

Amendment    39

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 43

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(43)  Young farmers and new entrants still face significant barriers regarding access to land, high prices and access to credit. Their businesses are more threatened by price volatility (for both inputs and produce) and their needs in terms of training in entrepreneurial and risk management skills are high. It is therefore essential to continue the support for the setting up of new businesses and new farms. Member States should provide for a strategic approach and identify a clear and coherent set of interventions for generational renewal under the specific objective dedicated to this issue. To this aim, Member States may set in their CAP Strategic Plans preferential conditions for financial instruments for young farmers and new entrants, and should include in their CAP Strategic Plan the ring-fencing of at least an amount corresponding to 2% of the annual direct payments' envelope. An increase of the maximum amount of aid for the installation of young farmers and rural business start-ups, up to EUR 100.000, which can be accessed also through or in combination with financial instrument form of support, should be established.

(43)  Young farmers and new farmers still face significant barriers regarding access to land, high prices and access to credit. Their businesses are more threatened by price volatility (for both inputs and produce) and their needs in terms of training in entrepreneurial, risk prevention and management skills are high. It is therefore essential to continue the support for the setting up of new businesses and new farms. Member States should provide for a strategic approach and identify a clear and coherent set of interventions for generational renewal under the specific objective dedicated to this issue. To this aim, Member States may set in their CAP Strategic Plans preferential conditions for financial instruments for young farmers and new entrants, and should include in their CAP Strategic Plan the ring-fencing of at least an amount corresponding to 2% of the annual direct payments’ envelope in the first pillar. An increase of the maximum amount of aid for the installation of young farmers and rural business start-ups, up to EUR 100.000, which can be accessed also through or in combination with financial instrument form of support, should be established.

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 44

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(44)  In the light of the need to ensure appropriate risk management tools, insurance premia and mutual funds should be maintained, financed by the EAFRD. The category of mutual funds encompasses both those linked to production losses, and the general and sector-specific income stabilisation tools, linked to income losses.

(44)  In the light of the need to ensure appropriate risk management tools, insurance premia and mutual funds should be maintained, financed by the EAFRD. The category of mutual funds encompasses both those linked to production losses, and the general and sector-specific income stabilisation tools, linked to income losses. In order to adapt the risk management tools to the challenges faced by farmers, including climate change, the CAP toolbox should include compensation for the costs and losses incurred by farmers in connection with measures taken to combat animal diseases and plant pests, or for the losses incurred by organic farmers as a result of an external contamination for which they are not responsible. However, the compatibility of EARDF-financed interventions with national risk management systems should be ensured.

Amendment    41

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 45

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(45)  Support should enable the establishment and implementation of cooperation between at least two entities in view of achieving CAP objectives. Support can entail all aspects of such cooperation, such as the setting up of quality schemes; collective environmental and climate action; the promotion of short supply chain and local markets; pilot projects; Operational Group projects within the EIP for agricultural productivity and sustainability local development projects, Smart Villages, buyers' clubs and machinery rings; farm partnerships; forest management plans; networks and clusters; social farming; community supported agriculture; actions within the scope of LEADER; and the setting up of producer groups and producer organisations, as well as other forms of cooperation deemed necessary to achieve the specific objectives of the CAP.

(45)  Support should enable the establishment and implementation of cooperation between at least two entities in view of achieving CAP objectives. Support can entail all aspects of such cooperation, such as the setting up, certification costs and promotion of quality schemes; collective environmental and climate action; the promotion of short supply chain and local markets; pilot projects; Operational Group projects within the EIP for agricultural productivity and sustainability local development projects, Smart Villages, buyers' clubs and machinery rings; farm partnerships; forest management plans; networks and clusters; social farming; community supported agriculture; actions within the scope of LEADER; and the setting up of producer groups and producer organisations, including producer groups recognised under Regulation (EU) No 115/12, as well as other forms of cooperation deemed necessary to achieve the specific objectives of the CAP. As a way of promoting intergenerational renewal, consideration should be given to granting specific support to farmers who wish to stop farming before reaching the statutory retirement age and intend to hand over their farm to a cooperating younger farmer.

Amendment    42

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 47

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(47)  The EAGF should continue financing types of interventions in the form of direct payments and sectoral types of interventions, whereas the EAFRD should continue financing types of interventions for rural development as described in this Regulation. The rules for the financial management of the CAP should be laid down separately for the two funds and for the activities supported by each of them, taking into account that the new delivery model gives more flexibility and subsidiarity for Member States to reach their objectives. Types of interventions under this Regulation should cover the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027.

(47)  The EAGF should continue financing types of interventions in the form of direct payments and sectoral types of interventions, whereas the EAFRD should continue financing types of interventions for rural development as described in this Regulation. The rules for the financial management of the CAP should be laid down separately for the two funds and for the activities supported by each of them, taking into account that the new delivery model gives more flexibility and subsidiarity for Member States to reach their objectives. Types of interventions under this Regulation should cover the period from 1 January 2021 2022 to 31 December 2027.

Amendment    43

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 48

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(48)  Support for direct payments under the CAP Strategic Plans should be granted within national allocations to be fixed by this Regulation. These national allocations should reflect a continuation of the changes whereby the allocations to Member States with the lowest support level per hectare are gradually increased to close 50% of the gap towards 90% of the Union average. In order to take into account the reduction of payments' mechanism and the use of its product in the Member State, the total indicative financial allocations per year in the CAP Strategic Plan of a Member State should be allowed to exceed the national allocation.

(48)  The EAGF should not provide support to activities that would harm the environment, or which are not consistent with climate and environmental objectives in line with sustainable agricultural management principles. Support for direct payments under the CAP Strategic Plans should be granted within national allocations to be fixed by this Regulation. These national allocations should reflect a continuation of the changes whereby the allocations to Member States with the lowest support level per hectare are gradually increased to close 50% of the gap towards 90% of the Union average. In order to take into account the reduction of payments' mechanism and the use of its product in the Member State, the total indicative financial allocations per year in the CAP Strategic Plan of a Member State should be allowed to exceed the national allocation.

Amendment    44

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 49

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(49)  In order to facilitate the management of EAFRD funds, a single contribution rate for support from the EAFRD should be set in relation to public expenditure in the Member States. In order to take account of their particular importance or nature, specific contribution rates should be set in relation to certain types of operations. In order to mitigate the specific constraints resulting from the level of development, the remoteness and insularity, an appropriate EAFRD contribution rate should be set for less developed regions, the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU and the smaller Aegean islands.

(49)  In order to facilitate the management of EAFRD funds, a general contribution rate for support from the EAFRD should be set in relation to public expenditure in the Member States. In order to take account of their particular importance or nature, specific contribution rates should be set in relation to certain types of operations. In order to mitigate the specific constraints resulting from the level of development, the remoteness and insularity of the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU and the smaller Aegean islands as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 229/2013, a higher EAFRD contribution rate should be set for those regions.

Amendment    45

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 49 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(49a)  Objective criteria should be established for categorising regions and areas at Union level for support from the EAFRD. To that end, the identification of the regions and areas at Union level should be based on the common system of classification of the regions established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council, .The latest classifications and data should be used to ensure adequate support, in particular for addressing lagging behind regions and interregional disparities inside a Member State.

 

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Amendment    46

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 50

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(50)  EAFRD should not provide support to investments that would harm the environment. Hence it is necessary to provide in this Regulation a number of exclusion rules, as well as the possibility to further develop these guarantees in delegated acts. Notably, the EAFRD should not finance investments in irrigation which do not contribute towards the achievement, or the preservation, of good status of the associated water body or bodies and investments in afforestation which are not consistent with climate and environmental objectives in line with sustainable forest management principles.

(50)  The EAFRD should give priority support to investments generating both economic and environmental benefits while not supporting investments that would harm the environment. Hence it is necessary to provide in this Regulation a number of exclusion rules, as well as the possibility to further develop these guarantees in delegated acts. Notably, the EAFRD should not finance investments in afforestation which are not consistent with climate and environmental objectives in line with sustainable forest management principles. Furthermore, EAFRD should not cover investments in irrigation which do no contribute towards the achievement, or the preservation, of good status of the associated water body or bodies.

Amendment    47

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 51 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(51a)  In order to enable the Union to be independent of vegetable protein imports, the CAP aims to promote, in line with the Renewable Energy Directive, the use of biofuels obtained from the oilseed by-products of protein crops;

Amendment    48

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 54

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(54)  To enhance the Union added value and to preserve a functioning agricultural internal market, as well as to pursue the above-mentioned general and specific objectives, Member States should not take decisions according to this Regulation in isolation but in the framework of a structured process that should materialise in a CAP Strategic Plan. Union top-down rules should lay down the specific EU-wide objectives of the CAP, the main types of interventions, the performance framework and the governance structure. Such a distribution of tasks is aimed at ensuring full correspondence between financial resources invested and results achieved.

(54)  To enhance the Union added value and to preserve a functioning agricultural internal market, as well as to pursue the above-mentioned general and specific objectives, Member States should not take decisions according to this Regulation in isolation but in the framework of a structured process that should materialise in a CAP Strategic Plan. Union top-down rules should lay down the specific Union-wide objectives of the CAP, the main types of interventions, the performance framework and the governance structure. Such a distribution of tasks is aimed at ensuring full correspondence between financial resources invested and results achieved.

Amendment    49

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 55

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(55)  In order to ensure a clear strategic nature of these CAP Strategic Plans, and to facilitate the links with other Union policies, and notably with established long-term national targets deriving from Union legislation or international agreements such as those related to climate change, forests, biodiversity, and water, it is appropriate that there should be one single CAP Strategic Plan per Member State.

(55)  In order to ensure a clear strategic nature of these CAP Strategic Plans, and to facilitate the links with other Union policies, and notably with established long-term national targets deriving from Union legislation or international agreements such as those related to climate change, forests, biodiversity, and water, it is appropriate that there should be one single CAP Strategic Plan per Member State. Taking due account of the administrative structure of the Member States, the Strategic Plan should, where appropriate, include regionalised interventions for Rural Development.

Amendment    50

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 55 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(55 a)  It is imperative that the CAP Strategic Plans have a clear, simple and unambiguous framework in order to avoid “gold plating” of policy at the national, regional or local level.

Amendment    51

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 55 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(55b)  The new delivery model should not call into question the integrity of the internal market or the historically European nature of the CAP, which should remain a truly common policy, ensuring a European approach and a level playing field.

Amendment    52

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 56

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(56)  In the process of development of their CAP Strategic Plans, Member States should analyse their specific situation and needs, set targets linked to the achievement of the objectives of the CAP and design the interventions which will allow reaching these targets, while being adapted to the national and specific regional contexts, including the outermost regions pursuant to Article 349 TFEU. Such process should promote more subsidiarity within a common Union framework, while compliance with the general principles of Union law and the objectives of the CAP should be ensured. It is therefore appropriate to set rules on the structure and content of the CAP Strategic Plans.

(56)  In the process of development of their CAP Strategic Plans, Member States should analyse their specific situation and needs, set targets that are realistic, linked to the achievement of the objectives of the CAP and design the interventions which will allow reaching these targets while providing certainty for the final beneficiaries, while being adapted to the national and specific regional contexts, including the outermost regions pursuant to Article 349 TFEU. Such process should promote more subsidiarity within a common Union framework, while compliance with the general principles of Union law and the objectives of the CAP should be ensured. It is therefore appropriate to set rules on the structure and content of the CAP Strategic Plans. In order to ensure that the setting of targets by Member States and that the design of interventions is appropriate and meximises the contribution to the objectives of the CAP, and while the commonality of the policy is secured, it is necessary to base the strategy of the CAP Strategic Plans on a prior analysis of the local contexts and an assessment of needs in relation to the objectives of the CAP. In proceeding with CAP Strategic Plans, it is necessary to ensure the involvement of farmers and farmers' organisations.

Amendment    53

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 57

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(57)  In order to ensure that the setting of targets by Member States and that the design of interventions is appropriate and maximises the contribution to the objectives of the CAP, it is necessary to base the strategy of the CAP Strategic Plans on a prior analysis of the local contexts and an assessment of needs in relation to the objectives of the CAP.

(57)  In order to ensure that the setting of targets by Member States and that the design of interventions is appropriate and maximises the contribution to the objectives of the CAP, it is necessary to base the strategy of the CAP Strategic Plans on a prior analysis of the local contexts and an assessment of needs in relation to the objectives of the CAP. It is also important that the CAP strategic plans can adequately reflect changes in Member States’ conditions, structures (both internal and external) and market situations and that they can, therefore, be adjusted over time to reflect them.

Amendment    54

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 58

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(58)  The CAP Strategic Plans should aim to ensure enhanced coherence across the multiple tools of the CAP, since it should cover types of interventions in the form of direct payments, sectoral types of interventions and types of interventions for rural development. They should also ensure and demonstrate the alignment and appropriateness of the choices made by Member States to the Union priorities and objectives. It is therefore appropriate that they contain a result-oriented intervention strategy structured around the specific objectives of the CAP, including quantified targets in relation to these objectives. In order to allow their monitoring on an annual basis, it is appropriate that these targets are based on result indicators.

(58)  The CAP Strategic Plans should aim to ensure enhanced coherence across the multiple tools of the CAP, since it should cover types of interventions in the form of direct payments, sectoral types of interventions and types of interventions for rural development. They should also ensure and demonstrate the alignment and appropriateness of the choices made by Member States to the Union priorities and objectives. It is therefore appropriate that they contain a result-oriented intervention strategy structured around the specific objectives of the CAP, including quantified targets in relation to these objectives. In order to allow their monitoring it is appropriate that these targets are based on result indicators.

Amendment    55

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 59 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(59 a)  Since the income support scheme plays a major role in guaranteeing the economic viability of farms, it is appropriate to take into account the social impacts, which the CAP has on providing jobs in rural areas. For that reason the Member States should also take into account in the planning of their Strategic Plans the employment impact which an establishment will have on a specific area. Measures and activities which create more employment opportunities should be given priority when drafting and implementing the respective policy tools.

Amendment    56

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 60

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(60)  Considering that flexibility should be accorded to Member States as regards the choice of delegating part of the implementation of the CAP Strategic Plan at regional level on the basis of a national framework, in order to facilitate co-ordination among the regions in addressing nation-wide challenges, it is appropriate that the CAP Strategic Plans provide a description of the interplay between national and regional interventions.

(60)  Considering that flexibility should be accorded to Member States as regards the choice of delegating part of the design and implementation of the CAP Strategic Plan at regional level through Rural Development intervention programmes in line with the national framework, in order to facilitate co-ordination among the regions in addressing nation-wide challenges, it is appropriate that the CAP Strategic Plans provide a description of the interplay between national and regional interventions.

Amendment    57

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 69

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(69)  A Managing Authority should be responsible for the management and implementation of each CAP Strategic Plan. Its duties should be specified in this Regulation. The Managing Authority should be able to delegate part of its duties while retaining responsibility for the efficiency and correctness of management. Member States should ensure that in the Management and Implementation of CAP Strategic Plans, the financial interests of the Union are protected, in accordance with [Regulation (EU, Euratom) X] of the European Parliament and the Council [the new Financial Regulation] and Regulation (EU) X of the European Parliament and the Council [the new Horizontal Regulation].

(69)  A Managing Authority should be responsible for the management and implementation of each CAP Strategic Plan. However, where elements relating to rural development policy are dealt with on a regional basis, Member States should be able to establish regional managing authorities. Their duties should be specified in this Regulation. The managing authorities should be able to delegate part of its duties while retaining responsibility for the efficiency and correctness of management. Member States should ensure that in the Management and Implementation of CAP Strategic Plans, the financial interests of the Union are protected, in accordance with [Regulation (EU, Euratom) X] of the European Parliament and the Council [the new Financial Regulation] and Regulation (EU) X of the European Parliament and the Council [the new Horizontal Regulation].

Amendment    58

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 70

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(70)  In accordance with the principle of shared management, the Commission is assisted by committees formed by Member States representatives in the implementation of the CAP. With a view to simplifying the system and streamlining the position of Member States, only one Monitoring Committee is established for the implementation of this Regulation, merging the ‘Rural Development’ Committee and the ‘Direct Payments’ Committee, which were established under the 2014-2020 programming period. The responsibility to assist Member States in the implementation of the CAP Strategic Plans is shared between the Managing Authority and this Monitoring Committee. The Commission should also be assisted by the ‘Common Agricultural Policy’ Committee, in accordance with the provisions laid down by this Regulation.

(70)  In accordance with the principle of shared management, the Commission is assisted by committees formed by Member States representatives in the implementation of the CAP. With a view to simplifying the system and streamlining the position of Member States, only one Monitoring Committee is established for the implementation of this Regulation, merging the ‘Rural Development’ Committee and the ‘Direct Payments’ Committee, which were established under the 2014-2020 programming period. The responsibility to assist Member States in the implementation of the CAP Strategic Plans is shared between the Managing Authority and this Monitoring Committee. However, where elements relating to rural development policy are dealt with on a regional basis, Member States should be able to establish regional monitoring committees. The Commission should also be assisted by the ‘Common Agricultural Policy’ Committee, in accordance with the provisions laid down by this Regulation.

Amendment    59

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 71

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(71)  The EAFRD should support through technical assistance, at the initiative of the Commission, actions relating to the fulfilment of the tasks referred to in [Article 7 HzR]. Technical assistance may also be provided, at the initiative of Member States, for the purpose of the fulfilment of the tasks necessary for the effective administration and implementation of support in relation to the CAP Strategic Plan. An increase of the technical assistance at the initiative of Member States is only available for Malta.

(71)  The EAFRD should support through technical assistance, at the initiative of the Commission, actions relating to the fulfilment of the tasks referred to in [Article 7 HzR]. Technical assistance may also be provided, at the initiative of Member States, for the purpose of the fulfilment of the tasks necessary for the effective administration and implementation of support in relation to the CAP Strategic Plan. An increase of the technical assistance at the initiative of Member States is only available for Luxembourg and Malta.

Amendment    60

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 74

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(74)  The result-orientation triggered by the delivery model requires a strong performance framework, particularly since CAP Strategic Plans would contribute to broad general objectives for other shared managed policies. A performance-based policy implies annual and multi-annual assessment on the basis of selected outputs, result and impact indicators, as defined in the performance monitoring and evaluation framework. To this end, a limited and targeted set of indicators should be selected in a way which reflects as closely as possible whether the supported intervention contributes to achieving the envisaged objectives. Result and output indicators relating to climate- and environment-related objectives may include interventions set out in national environmental and climate-planning instruments emanating from Union legislation.

(74)  The result-orientation triggered by the delivery model requires a strong performance framework, particularly since CAP Strategic Plans would contribute to broad general objectives for other shared managed policies. A performance-based policy implies assessments on the basis of selected outputs, result and impact indicators, as defined in the performance monitoring and evaluation framework. To this end, a limited and targeted set of indicators should be selected in a way which reflects as closely as possible whether the supported intervention contributes to achieving the envisaged objectives. Result and output indicators relating to climate- and environment-related objectives may include interventions set out in national environmental and climate-planning instruments emanating from Union legislation.

Amendment    61

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 75

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(75)  As part of the performance, monitor and evaluation framework, Member States should monitor and report annually to the Commission on the progress made. The information provided by the Member States are the basis on which the Commission should report on the progress towards the achievement of specific objectives over the whole programming period using for this purpose a core set of indicators.

(75)  As part of the performance, monitor and evaluation framework, Member States should monitor and report on the progress made. The information provided by the Member States are the basis on which the Commission should report on the progress towards the achievement of specific objectives over the whole programming period using for this purpose a core set of indicators.

Amendment    62

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 76

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(76)  Mechanisms should be in place to take action to protect the Union’s financial interests in case the CAP Strategic Plan implementation deviates significantly from the targets set. Member States may thus be asked to submit action plans in case of significant and non-justified underperformance. This could lead to suspensions and, in the end, reductions of the Union funds if the planned results are not achieved. Moreover, an overall performance bonus is established as part of the incentive mechanism based on allocating the performance bonus, in view of encouraging good environmental and climate performances.

(76)  Mechanisms should be in place to take action to protect the Union’s financial interests in case the CAP Strategic Plan implementation deviates significantly from the targets set. Member States may thus be asked to submit action plans in case of significant and non-justified underperformance. This could lead to suspensions and, in the end, reductions of the Union funds if the planned results are not achieved.

Amendment    63

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 80 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(80a)  Trade agreements signed with third countries relating to the agricultural sector should provide for arrangements and contain safeguard clauses to ensure a level playing field between Union and non-Union farmers and to protect consumers.

Amendment    64

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 81

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(81)  Personal data collected for the purposes of the application of any provision enshrined in this Regulation should be processed in a way that is compatible with those purposes. It should also be made anonymous, be aggregated when processed for monitoring or evaluation purposes, and be protected in accordance with Union law concerning the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, in particular Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council19 and Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council20 . Data subjects should be informed of such processing and of their data protection rights.

(81)  Personal data collected for the purposes of the application of any provision enshrined in this Regulation should be processed in a way that is compatible with those purposes. It should also be made anonymous, be aggregated when processed for monitoring or evaluation purposes, and be protected in accordance with Union law concerning the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, in particular Regulation (EC) No 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council19 and Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council20 . Data subjects should be informed of such processing and of their data protection rights.

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19 Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1).

19 Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1).

20 Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, p. 1).

20 Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, p. 1).

Amendment    65

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 83

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(83)  In order to ensure legal certainty, protect the rights of farmers and guarantee a smooth, coherent and efficient functioning of types of interventions in the form of direct payments, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission in respect of rules making the granting of payments conditional upon the use of certified seeds of certain hemp varieties and the procedure for the determination of hemp varieties and the verification of their tetrahydrocannabinol content; rules for good agricultural and environmental condition and certain related elements in respect of the eligibility requirements; and on the content of the declaration and the requirements for the activation of payment entitlements; further rules on eco-schemes; measures to avoid that beneficiaries of coupled income support suffering from structural market imbalances in a sector, including the decision that such support may continue to be paid until 2027 on the basis of the production units for which it was granted in a past reference period; rules and conditions for the authorisation of land and varieties for the purposes of the crop-specific payment for cotton and rules on the conditions for the granting of that payment.

(83)  In order to ensure legal certainty, protect the rights of farmers and guarantee a smooth, coherent and efficient functioning of types of interventions in the form of direct payments, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission in respect of rules making the granting of payments conditional upon the use of certified seeds of certain hemp varieties and the procedure for the determination of hemp varieties and the verification of their tetrahydrocannabinol content; rules for good agricultural and environmental condition and certain related elements in respect of the eligibility requirements establishment of criteria for the determination of equivalent measures and the appropriate requirements applicable to the national or regional certification schemes; establisment of a catalogue of examples of agricultural practives beneficial for the climate, the environment and animal welfare; measures to avoid that beneficiaries of coupled income support suffering from structural market imbalances in a sector, including the decision that such support may continue to be paid until 2027 on the basis of the production units for which it was granted in a past reference period; rules and conditions for the authorisation of land and varieties for the purposes of the crop-specific payment for cotton and rules on the conditions for the granting of that payment.

Amendment    66

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 84

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(84)  In order to ensure that sectoral types of interventions contribute to the CAP objectives and reinforce synergies with other CAP instruments and in order to ensure a level playing field in the internal market and avoid unequal or unfair competition, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission in respect of criteria for the approval of inter-branch organisations and rules governing the situation where the approved inter-branch organisation does not satisfy such criteria and obligations for producers; rules for the proper functioning of sectoral types of interventions, the basis for the calculation of Union financial assistance, including the reference periods and the calculation of the value of marketed production, and the maximum level of Union financial assistance for market withdrawals; rules for the fixing of a ceiling for expenditure on the replanting of vineyards; and rules under which producers are to withdraw the by-products of winemaking, and on exceptions to that obligation in order to avoid additional administrative burden and rules for the voluntary certification of distillers. In particular, in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of Union funds for interventions in the apiculture sector, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission in respect of additional requirements concerning the notification obligation and the establishment of a minimum Union contribution to the expenditure to implement those types of interventions.

(84)  In order to ensure that sectoral types of interventions contribute to the CAP objectives and reinforce synergies with other CAP instruments and in order to ensure a level playing field in the internal market and avoid unequal or unfair competition, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission in respect of criteria for the approval of inter-branch organisations and rules governing the situation where the approved inter-branch organisation does not satisfy such criteria and obligations for producers; rules for the proper functioning of sectoral types of interventions the basis for the calculation of Union financial assistance, including the reference periods and the calculation of the value of marketed production, and the maximum level of Union financial assistance for market withdrawals; rules for the fixing of a ceiling for expenditure on the replanting of vineyards; rules under which producers are to withdraw the by-products of winemaking, and on exceptions to that obligation in order to avoid additional administrative burden and rules for the voluntary certification of distillers and rules relating to the performance, monitoring and evaluation framework. The Commission should be empowered to adopt delegated acts regarding temprary drogations on conditionality rules during very adverse conditions such as catastrophic events or epidemics. The Commission should also be empowered to determine equivalent practives to agricultural and environmental practives and national or regional environmental certification schemes. In particular, in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of Union funds for interventions in the apiculture sector, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission in respect of additional requirements concerning the notification obligation and the establishment of a minimum Union contribution to the expenditure to implement those types of interventions. With a view to drawing up the CAP strategic plans, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission to set out a code of conduct in the organisation of a partership between the Member State and the cometent regional and local authorithies as well as other partners.

Amendment    67

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 85

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(85)  In order to ensure legal certainty and to guarantee that interventions for rural development achieve their objectives, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission in respect of support for management commitments, for investments and for cooperation.

(85)  In order to ensure legal certainty and to guarantee that interventions for rural development achieve their objectives, the power to adopt certain acts should be delegated to the Commission in respect of supplementing the minimum and maximum amounts of support for certain types of interventions.

Amendment    68

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 86

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(86)  In order to amend certain non-essential elements of this Regulation, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 TFEU should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the Member States’ allocations for types of interventions in the form of direct payments and rules on the content of the CAP Strategic Plan.

(86)  In order to amend certain non-essential elements of this Regulation, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 TFEU should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the Member States’ allocations for types of interventions in the form of direct payments.

Amendment    69

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 87

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(87)  In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation and to avoid unfair competition or discrimination between farmers, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission as regards the fixing of reference areas for the support for oilseeds, rules for the authorisation of land and varieties for the purposes of the crop-specific payment for cotton and related notifications, the calculation of the reduction where the eligible area of cotton exceeds the base area, the Union financial assistance for distillation of by-products of wine-making, the annual breakdown by Member State of the total amount of Union support for types of interventions for rural development, rules on the presentation of the elements to be included in the CAP Strategic Plan, rules on the procedure and time limits for the approval of CAP Strategic Plans and the submission and approval of requests for amendment of CAP Strategic Plans, uniform conditions for the application of the information and publicity requirements relating to the possibilities offered by the CAP Strategic Plans, rules relating to the performance, monitoring and evaluation framework, rules for the presentation of the content of the annual performance report, rules on the information to be sent by the Member States for the performance assessment by the Commission and rules on the data needs and synergies between potential data sources, and arrangements to ensure a consistent approach for determining the attribution of the performance bonus to Member States. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council.22 .

(87)  In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation and to avoid unfair competition or discrimination between farmers, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission as regards the fixing of reference areas for the support for oilseeds, rules for the authorisation of land and varieties for the purposes of the crop-specific payment for cotton and related notifications, the calculation of the reduction where the eligible area of cotton exceeds the base area, the Union financial assistance for distillation of by-products of wine-making, the annual breakdown by Member State of the total amount of Union support for types of interventions for rural development, standardised form of the CAP strategic plans, rules on the procedure and time limits for the approval of CAP Strategic Plans and the submission and approval of requests for amendment of CAP Strategic Plans, uniform conditions for the application of the information and publicity requirements relating to the possibilities offered by the CAP Strategic Plans, rules for the presentation of the content of the annual performance report. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council 22.

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22 Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by the Member States of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13).

22 Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by the Member States of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13)

Amendment    70

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 92 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(92a)  The Union’s island regions face specific difficulties in carrying out agricultural activities and developing rural areas. An assessment of the impact of the CAP should be carried out in those regions and the idea of extending the measures laid down in Regulation (EU) No 229/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to all the island regions in the Union should be explored.

Amendment    71

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 93

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(93)  In order to ensure legal certainty and continuity, the special provisions for Croatia concerning the gradual introduction of direct payments and complementary national direct payments in the framework of the phasing-in mechanism should continue to apply until 1 January 2021.

(93)  In order to ensure legal certainty and continuity, the special provisions for Croatia concerning the gradual introduction of direct payments and complementary national direct payments in the framework of the phasing-in mechanism should continue to apply. Croatia will be entitled to an amount in accordance with the Accession Treaty in 2022, including an additional envelope for the national reserve for demined land in Croatia, and that right should be included in the calculation of the national envelope for 2022.

Amendment    72

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  types of interventions and common requirements for Member States to pursue these objectives as well as the related financial arrangements;

(b)  types of interventions and common requirements for Member States to pursue these objectives by ensuring a level playing field as well as the related financial arrangements;

Amendment    73

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  CAP Strategic Plans to be drawn up by Member States, setting targets, defining interventions and allocating financial resources, in line with the specific objectives and identified needs;

(c)  CAP Strategic Plans to be drawn up by Member States, and, where appropriate, in collaboration with their regions, setting targets, defining interventions and allocating financial resources, in line with the specific objectives and identified needs and in accordance with the internal market;

Amendment    74

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  This Regulation applies to Union support financed by the EAGF and the EAFRD for interventions specified in a CAP Strategic Plan drawn up by the Member States and approved by the Commission, covering the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027.

2.  This Regulation applies to Union support financed by the EAGF and the EAFRD for interventions specified in a CAP Strategic Plan drawn up by the Member States and approved by the Commission, covering the period from 1 January 2022.

Amendment    75

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Chapter III of Title II, Chapter II of Title III and Articles 41 and 43 of Regulation (EU) [CPR] of the European Parliament and of the Council26 shall apply to support financed by the EAFRD under this Regulation.

2.  In order to ensure coherence between the European Structural and Investment funds (ESIF) and the CAP Strategic Plans, Chapter III of Title II, Chapter II of Title III and Articles 41 and 43 of Regulation (EU) [CPR] of the European Parliament and of the Council26 shall apply to support financed by the EAFRD under this Regulation.

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26 Regulation (EU) […/…] of the European Parliament and of the Council of [date] [full tittle] (OJ L ).

26 Regulation (EU) […/…] of the European Parliament and of the Council of [date] [full tittle] (OJ L ).

Amendment    76

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  'farmer' means a natural or legal person, or a group of natural or legal persons, regardless of the legal status granted to such group and its members by national law, whose holding is situated within the territorial scope of the Treaties, as defined in Article 52 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) in conjunction with Articles 349 and 355 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), and who exercises an agricultural activity as defined by Member States;

(a)  'farmer' means a natural or legal person, or a group of natural or legal persons, regardless of the legal status granted to such group and its members by national law, whose holding is situated within the territorial scope of the Treaties, as defined in Article 52 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) in conjunction with Articles 349 and 355 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), and who exercises an agricultural activity in accordance with good farming practice as defined by Member States;

Amendment    77

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(b a)  ‘Public goods’ means goods or services that are not remunerated by the market and deliver environmental and societal outcomes above the statutory environmental, climate, and animal welfare legislation.

Amendment    78

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point b b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(b b)   ‘European public goods’ means public goods or services that can only be provided effectively at Union level through intervention to ensure coordination between Member States and level playing field on the Union agricultural market. European public goods include in particular water conservation, biodiversity protection, soil fertility protection, protection of pollinators, and animal welfare;

Amendment    79

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  'mutual fund' means a scheme accredited by the Member State in accordance with its national law for affiliated farmers to insure themselves, whereby compensation payments are made to affiliated farmers who experience economic losses.

(e)  'mutual fund' means a scheme accredited by the Member State in accordance with its national law for affiliated farmers to make provision against risks and to receive compensation payments in the event of economic losses or a fall in income.

Amendment    80

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point f – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  a project, contract, action or group of projects selected under the programs concerned;

(i)  a project, contract, action or group of projects selected under the strategic plan concerned;

Amendment    81

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point f – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii)  in the context of financial instruments, a program contribution to a financial instrument and the subsequent financial support provided to final recipients by that financial instrument;

(ii)  in the context of financial instruments, a strategic plan contribution to a financial instrument and the subsequent financial support provided to final recipients by that financial instrument;

Amendment    82

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point h – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  a public or private law body, an entity with or without legal personality or a natural person, responsible for initiating or both initiating and implementing operations;

(i)  a public or private law body, an entity with or without legal personality, a natural person or a group of natural or legal persons, responsible for initiating or both initiating and implementing operations;

Amendment    83

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point h – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii)  in the context of State aid schemes, the body which receives the aid;

(ii)  in the context of State aid schemes, the entity which receives the aid;

Amendment    84

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  'targets' means pre-agreed values to be achieved at the end of the period in relation to the result indicators included under a specific objective;

(i)  'targets' means pre-agreed values to be achieved by the end of the period of the CAP Strategic Plan in relation to the result indicators included under a specific objective;

Amendment    85

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point j

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(j)  'milestones' means intermediate targets to be achieved at a given point in time during the CAP Strategic Plan period in relation to the indicators included under a specific objective.

(j)  'milestones' means intermediate targets to be achieved by a Member State at a given point in time during the CAP Strategic Plan period to ensure timely progress in relation to the results indicators included under a specific objective.

Amendment    86

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall provide in their CAP Strategic Plan the definitions of agricultural activity, agricultural area, eligible hectare, genuine farmer and young farmer:

1.  Member States shall provide in their CAP Strategic Plan the definitions of agricultural activity, agricultural area, eligible hectare, active farmer and young farmer and new farmer:

Amendment    87

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  'agricultural area' shall be defined in a way that it is composed of arable land, permanent crops and permanent grassland. The terms 'arable land', 'permanent crops' and 'permanent grassland' shall be further specified by Member States within the following framework:

(b)  'agricultural area' shall be defined in a way that it is composed of arable land, permanent crops and permanent grassland and agroforestry systems. Landscape features shall be included as components of the agricultural area. The terms 'arable land', 'permanent crops' and 'permanent grassland' and 'agroforestry systems' shall be further specified by Member States within the following framework:

Amendment    88

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  'arable land' shall be land cultivated for crop production or areas available for crop production but lying fallow, and include areas set aside in accordance with Articles 22, 23 and 24 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/199928 , with Article 39 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/200529 , with Article 28 of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 or with Article 65 of this Regulation;

(i)  'arable land' shall be land cultivated for crop production or areas available for crop production but lying fallow, and it may include a combination of crops with trees and/or shrubs to form a silvoarable agroforestry system, and include areas set aside in accordance with Articles 22, 23 and 24 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/199928 , with Article 39 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/200529 , with Article 28 of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 or with Article 65 of this Regulation;

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28 Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 of 17 May 1999 on support for rural development from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and amending and repealing certain Regulations (OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 80).

28 Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 of 17 May 1999 on support for rural development from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and amending and repealing certain Regulations (OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 80).

29 Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 of 20 September 2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (OJ L 277, 21.10.2005, p. 1).

29 Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 of 20 September 2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (OJ L 277, 21.10.2005, p. 1).

Amendment    89

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii)  'permanent grassland and permanent pasture' (together referred to as 'permanent grassland') shall be land not included in the crop rotation of the holding for five years or more, used to grow grasses or other herbaceous forage naturally (self-seeded) or through cultivation (sown). It may include other species such as shrubs and/or trees which can be grazed or produce animal feed;

(iii)  'permanent grassland and permanent pasture' (together referred to as 'permanent grassland') means land used to grow grasses or other herbaceous forage naturally (self-seeded) or through cultivation (sown) and that has not been included in the crop rotation of the holding for seven years or more, as well as, where Member States so decide, that has not been ploughed up for five years or more; it may include other species such as shrubs and/or trees which can be grazed or and, where Member States so decide, other species such as shrubs and/or trees which produce animal feed, provided that the grasses and other herbaceous forage remain predominant. Member States may also decide to consider as permanent grassland:

 

(i) land which can be grazed and which forms part of established local practices where grasses and other herbaceous forage are traditionally not predominant in grazing areas; and/or

 

(ii) land which can be grazed where grasses and other herbaceous forage are not predominant or are absent in grazing areas;

Amendment    90

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiia)  'agroforestry systems'means land use systems in which trees are grown on the same land as where agricultural practices are carried out;

Amendment    91

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  for the purpose of types of interventions in the form of direct payments, 'eligible hectare' shall be defined in a way that it includes any agricultural area of the holding:

(c)  for the purpose of types of interventions in the form of direct payments, 'eligible hectare' shall be defined in a way that it includes any agricultural area of the holding, including mobile or stationary temporary technical installations, in particular internal farm tracks and water troughs, as well as silage bales and rewetted areas used for paludiculture:

Amendment    92

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  that, during the year for which support is requested, is used for an agricultural activity or, where the area is also used for non-agricultural activities, is predominantly used for agricultural activities, and which is at the farmer's disposal. Where duly justified for environmental reasons, eligible hectares may also include certain areas used for agricultural activities only every second year.

(i)  that, during the year for which support is requested, is used for an agricultural activity or, where the area is also used for non-agricultural activities, is predominantly used for agricultural activities, and which is at the farmer's disposal. Where duly justified for environmental reasons, eligible hectares may also include certain areas used for agricultural activities only every third year.

Amendment    93

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Areas used for the production of hemp shall only be eligible hectares if the varieties used have a tetrahydrocannabinol content not exceeding 0,2 %;

Areas used for the production of hemp shall only be eligible hectares if the varieties used have a tetrahydrocannabinol content not exceeding 0,3%;

Amendment    94

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  'genuine farmers' shall be defined in a way to ensure that no support is granted to those whose agricultural activity forms only an insignificant part of their overall economic activities or whose principal business activity is not agricultural, while not precluding from support pluri-active farmers. The definition shall allow to determine which farmers are not considered genuine farmers, based on conditions such as income tests, labour inputs on the farm, company object and/or inclusion in registers.

(d)  'active farmers' shall be defined by Member States in such a way as to ensure that no support is granted to those whose agricultural activity forms only an insignificant part of their overall economic activities, while not precluding from support pluri-active farmers. The definition shall, in any event, preserve the family farming model of the Union of an individual or group nature, irrespective of its size, and may take into account, if necessary, the special features of the regions defined in Article 349 TFEU. Member States may exclude from these definition individuals or companies carrying out large scale processing of agricultural producs, with the exception of groups of farmers.

Amendment    95

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  'young farmer' shall be defined in a way that it includes:

(e)  'young farmer' shall be defined in a way that it includes an age limit of 40 years old and:

Amendment    96

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  a maximum age limit that may not exceed 40 years;

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Amendment    97

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii)  the appropriate training and/or skills required.

(iii)  the appropriate training and/or skills.

Amendment    98

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e – subparagraph 2 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

When evaluating compliance with the conditions for being head of the holding, Member States shall take into account the specificities of partnership arrangements.

Amendment    99

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(e a)  'new farmer' shall be defined in such a way that includes:

 

(i) the conditions for being 'head of the holding';

 

(ii) the appropriate training and/or skills;

 

(iii) an age limit over 40 years old.

 

A 'new farmer' under this definition shall not be recognised as a 'young farmer' as defined in point (e).

Amendment    100

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2)  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules making the granting of payments conditional upon the use of certified seeds of certain hemp varieties and the procedure for the determination of hemp varieties and the verification of their tetrahydrocannabinol content referred to in point (c) of paragraph 1 to preserve public health.

(2)  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules making the granting of payments conditional upon the use of certified seeds of certain hemp varieties and the procedure for the determination of hemp varieties and the verification of their tetrahydrocannabinol content referred to in point (c) of paragraph 1 of this Article to preserve public health.

Amendment    101

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Support from the EAGF and EAFRD shall aim to further improve the sustainable development of farming, food and rural areas and shall contribute to achieving the following general objectives:

In conjunction with the objectives of the CAP set out in Article 39 TFEU, support from the EAGF and EAFRD shall aim to further improve the sustainable development of farming, food and rural areas and shall contribute to achieving the following general objectives in the economic, environmental and social spheres:

Amendment    102

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  to foster a smart, resilient and diversified agricultural sector ensuring food security;

(a)  to foster a modern, competitive, resilient and diversified agricultural sector ensuring long term food security while safeguarding the family farm model;

Amendment    103

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  to bolster environmental care and climate action and to contribute to the environmental- and climate-related objectives of the Union;

(b)  to support and improve environmental protection, biodiversity and climate action and to contribute to the environmental- and climate-related objectives of the Union;

Amendment    104

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  to strengthen the socio-economic fabric of rural areas.

(c)  to strengthen the socio-economic fabric of rural areas, in order to contribute to the creation and maintenance of employment, by guaranteeing a viable income for farmers, pursuing a fair standard of living for the entire agricultural population and tackling rural depopulation, with a particular focus on the less populated and the less developed regions, and balanced territorial development.

Amendment    105

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Those objectives shall be complemented by the cross-cutting objective of modernising the sector by fostering and sharing of knowledge, innovation and digitalisation in agriculture and rural areas, and encouraging their uptake.

Those objectives shall be complemented and interconnected with by the cross-cutting objective of modernising the sector by ensuring that farmers have access to research, training and sharing of knowledge and knowledge transfer services, innovation and digitalisation in agriculture and rural areas, and encouraging their uptake.

Amendment    106

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  support viable farm income and resilience across the Union to enhance food security;

(a)  ensure viable farm income and resilience of the agricultural sector across the Union to enhance long-term food security and agricultural diversity, while providing safe and high quality food at fair prices with the aim of reversing the decline in the number of farmers and ensuring the economic sustainability of agricultural production in the Union;

Amendment    107

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  enhance market orientation and increase competitiveness, including greater focus on research, technology and digitalisation;

(b)  enhance market orientation, in local, national, Union as well as international markets, as well as market stabilisation, risk and crisis management, and increase long term farm competitiveness, processing and marketing capabilities of agricultural products, with greater focus on quality differentiation, research, innovation, technology, knowledge transfer and exchange and digitalisation, and facilitating the access of farmers to circular economy dynamics;

Amendment    108

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  improve the farmers' position in the value chain;

(c)  improve the farmers' bargaining position in the value chains by encouraging associative forms, producer organisations and collective negotiations, as well as promoting short supply chains and improving market transparency;

Amendment    109

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as sustainable energy;

(d)  contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation to global warming, as well as favouring the incorporation of sustainable energy while ensuring food security in the future, by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the agricultural and food sector, including through soil carbon sequestration and the protection of forests, in accordance with the relevant international agreements;

Amendment    110

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  foster sustainable development and efficient management of natural resources such as water, soil and air;

(e)  foster sustainable development and efficient management of natural resources, such as water, soil and air, while reducing chemical dependency with the aim of reaching the goals provided for in the relevant legislative instruments and rewarding farming practices and systems that deliver multiple environmental benefits including the halting of desertification;

Amendment    111

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  contribute to the protection of biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services and preserve habitats and landscapes;

(f)  contribute to reversing the decline of biodiversity, including by protecting beneficial fauna, including pollinator species, promoting agrobiodiversity, environmental services, nature conservation and agroforestry, as well as contributing preventing natural risk and achieving greater resilience, restoring and preserving soils, water bodies, habitats and landscapes, and supporting High Nature Value (HNV) farming systems;

Amendment    112

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g)  attract young farmers and facilitate business development in rural areas;

(g)  attract and support young farmers, new farmers, and promoting the participation of women in the agricultural sector, particularly in the most depopulated areas and areas with natural constrains; facilitate training and experience across the Union, sustainable business development and job creation in rural areas;

Amendment    113

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h)  promote employment, growth, social inclusion and local development in rural areas, including bio-economy and sustainable forestry;

(h)  promote social and territorial cohesion in rural areas including through employment creation, growth, investment, social inclusion, combatting rural poverty and through local development, including high quality local services for rural communities, focusing in particular on areas with natural constraints; promoting decent living, working and economic conditions; diversification of activities and income, including agri-tourism, bio-economy, circular economy, and sustainable forestry, while ensuring gender equality; promoting equal opportunities in rural areas through specific support measures, and recognition of women's work in agriculture, crafts, tourism and local services;

Amendment    114

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  improve the response of EU agriculture to societal demands on food and health, including safe, nutritious and sustainable food, food waste, as well as animal welfare.

(i)  improve the response of EU agriculture to societal demands on food and health, including safe, nutritious, high quality and sustainable food, organic agriculture, food waste, as well as environmental sustainability, antimicrobial resistance and improving animal health and welfare, as well as increasing social awareness of the importance of agriculture and rural areas while contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Amendment    115

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  When pursuing the specific objectives Member States shall ensure simplification and performance of the CAP support.

2.  With a view to achieving specific objectives, Member States and the Commission shall ensure the performance of CAP support and simplification for final beneficiaries by reducing the administrative burden while ensuring non-discrimination among beneficiaries.

Amendment    116

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Achievement of the objectives referred to in Articles 5 and 6(1) shall be assessed on the basis of common indicators related to output, result and impact. The set of common indicators shall include:

Achievement of the objectives referred to in Articles 5 and 6(1) shall be assessed on the basis of common indicators related to output, result and impact and shall be based on official sources of information. The set of common indicators shall include:

Amendment    117

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  result indicators relating to the specific objectives concerned and used for the establishment of quantified milestones and targets in relation to those specific objectives in the CAP Strategic Plans and assessing progress towards the targets. The indicators relating to environment- and climate-specific objectives may cover interventions included in relevant national environmental and climate-planning instruments emanating from the Union legislation listed in Annex XI;

(b)  result indicators relating to the specific objectives concerned and used for the establishment of quantified milestones and targets in relation to those specific objectives in the CAP Strategic Plans and assessing progress towards the targets. The indicators relating to environment- and climate-specific objectives may cover interventions which contribute to the commitments emanating from the Union legislation listed in Annex XI;

Amendment    118

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  impact indicators related to the objectives set out in Articles 5 and 6(1) and used in the context of the CAP Strategic Plans and of the CAP.

(c)  impact indicators related to the objectives set out in Articles 5 and 6(1) and used in the context of the Strategic Plans of CAP, taking into account external factors beyond the CAP.

Amendment    119

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Member States may break down the output indicators and result indicators laid down in Annex I into more detail in relation to particular national and regional features in their Strategic Plans.

Amendment    120

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 amending Annex I to adapt the common output, result and impact indicators to take into account the experience with their application and, where needed, to add new indicators.

2.  The Commission shall carry out a full assessment on the effectiveness of the output, result and impact indicators laid down in Annex I by the end of the third year of application of the Strategic Plans.

 

Following that assessment, the Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 138, amending Annex I to adapt, if necessary, the common indicators taking into account the experience gained during the policy implementation of this Regulation.

Amendment    121

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall pursue the objectives set out in Title II by specifying interventions based on the types of interventions set out in Chapters II, III and IV of this Title in accordance with the common requirements set out in this Chapter.

Member States, and, where applicable, their regions, shall pursue the objectives set out in Title II by specifying interventions based on the types of interventions set out in Chapters II, III and IV of this Title in accordance with the common requirements set out in this Chapter.

Amendment    122

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall design the interventions of their CAP Strategic Plans in accordance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the general principles of Union law.

Member States shall design, in collaboration, where applicable, with their regions, the interventions of their CAP Strategic Plans in accordance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the general principles of Union law.

Amendment    123

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall ensure that interventions are set out on the basis of objective and non-discriminatory criteria, are compatible with the internal market and do not distort competition.

Member States in collaboration, where applicable, with their regions, shall ensure that interventions are set out on the basis of objective and non-discriminatory criteria, and do not hinder the proper functioning of the internal market.

Amendment    124

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall establish the legal framework governing the granting of Union support to beneficiaries on the basis of the CAP Strategic Plan and in accordance with the principles and requirements set out in this Regulation and Regulation (EU) [HzR].

Member States in collaboration, where applicable, with their regions, shall establish the legal framework governing the granting of Union support to beneficiaries on the basis of the CAP Strategic Plan and in accordance with the principles and requirements set out in this Regulation and Regulation (EU) [HzR].

Amendment    125

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 9a

 

Integration of a gender perspective

 

Member States shall ensure the integration of a gender perspective throughout the preparation, implementation and evaluation of their CAP Strategic Plans, with the aim of promoting gender equality and combating gender discrimination.

Amendment    126

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph -1 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1.  The Commission shall ensure that the Member States’ Strategic Plans comply with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) commitments.

Amendment    127

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall ensure that the interventions based on the types of interventions which are listed in Annex II to this Regulation, including the definitions set out in Article 3 and the definitions to be formulated in the CAP Strategic Plans set out in Article 4, respect the provisions of paragraph 1 of Annex 2 to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.

Interventions based on the types of interventions which are listed in Annex II to this Regulation, including the definitions set out in Article 3 and the definitions to be formulated in the CAP Strategic Plans set out in Article 4, shall respect the provisions of paragraph 1 of Annex 2 to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.

Amendment    128

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Member States shall ensure that the interventions based on the crop-specific payment for cotton provided for in Subsection 2 of Section 3 of Chapter II of this Title respect the provisions of Article 6(5) of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.

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Amendment    129

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall include in their CAP Strategic Plans a system of conditionality, under which an administrative penalty shall be imposed on beneficiaries receiving direct payments under Chapter II of this Title or the annual premia under Articles 65, 66 and 67 who do not comply with the statutory management requirements under Union law and the standards for good agricultural and environmental condition of land established in the CAP Strategic Plan, as listed in Annex III, relating to the following specific areas:

1.  Member States shall include in their CAP Strategic Plans a system of conditionality, which corresponds to statutory management requirements under Union law and the standards for good agricultural and environmental condition of land, as listed in Annex III, established in the CAP Strategic Plan, relating to the following specific areas:

Amendment    130

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  the climate and the environment;

(a)  the climate and the environment, including water quality, soil conservation and biodiversity;

Amendment    131

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The rules on the administrative penalties to be included in the CAP Strategic Plan shall respect the requirements set out in Chapter IV of Title IV of Regulation (EU) [HzR].

2.  The rules on an effective system of administrative penalties, as laid down in Chapter IV of Title IV of Regulation (EU) [HzR], shall apply to all beneficiaries receiving direct payments under Chapter II of this Title or annual premiums under Articles 65, 66 and 67 when they do not comply with the conditionality rules set out paragraph 1 of this Article.

Amendment    132

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2 a.  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation regarding temporary derogations on conditionality rules during disease epidemics, adverse climate events, catastrophic events or natural disasters.

Amendment    133

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall ensure that all agricultural areas including land which is no longer used for production purposes, is maintained in good agricultural and environmental condition. Member States shall define, at national or regional level, minimum standards for beneficiaries for good agricultural and environmental condition of land in line with the main objective of the standards as referred to in Annex III, taking into account the specific characteristics of the areas concerned, including soil and climatic condition, existing farming systems, land use, crop rotation, farming practices, and farm structures.

1.  Member States shall ensure that all agricultural areas, including land which is no longer used for production purposes, is maintained in good agricultural and environmental condition. Member States shall define, in consultation with relevant stakeholders at national or, where appropriate, at regional level, minimum standards for beneficiaries good agricultural and environmental condition of land in line with the main objective of the standards as referred to in Annex III, to the extent applicable, taking into account the specific characteristics of the areas concerned, including soil, water, and climatic condition, specific agronomic and ecological characteristics of different productions, differences between annual crops, permanent crops and other specialised productions, existing farming systems, land use, crop rotation, farming local and traditional practices, and farm structures, by ensuring the land contributes to the specific objectives set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1).

Amendment    134

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  In respect of the main objectives laid down in Annex III Member States may prescribe standards additional to those laid down in that Annex against those main objectives. However, Member States shall not define minimum standards for main objectives other than the main objectives laid down in Annex III.

2.  In order to protect the commonality of the CAP and to ensure a level playing field, and respect of the main objectives laid down in Annex III Member States shall not prescribe standards additional to those laid down in that Annex against those main objectives, within the system of conditionality. In addition, Member States shall not define minimum standards for main objectives other than the main objectives laid down in Annex III.

Amendment    135

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States shall establish a system for providing the Farm Sustainability Tool for Nutrients referred to in Annex III, with the minimum content and functionalities defined therein, to beneficiaries, who shall use the Tool.

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The Commission may support the Member States with the design of that Tool and with data storage and processing services requirements.

 

Amendment    136

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  Member States may approve practices equivalent to those specified in paragraph 1, to be determined in accordance with the criteria established through delegated act, as provided for in paragraph 4, provided that they yield an equivalent or higher level of benefit for the climate and environment to that of one or more of the practices to which paragraph 1 refers. Such equivalent practices shall include:

 

(a) commitments undertaken in accordance with Article 65 or Article 28(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013;

 

(b) commitments undertaken in accordance with Article 28 of this Regulation;

 

(c) national or regional environmental certification schemes, including those for the certification of compliance with national environmental legislation, going beyond the mandatory standards established pursuant to Annex III to this Regulation, which aim to meet objectives relating to soil and water quality, biodiversity, landscape preservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Amendment    137

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b.  Farmers satisfying the requirements laid down in Regulation (EU) No 2018/848 on organic agriculture shall, in doing so, be deemed to comply with rules 1, 8 and 9 on standards for good agricultural and environmental condition of land (GAEC) as laid down in Annex III to this Regulation.

Amendment    138

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3c.  The outermost regions of the Union, defined pursuant to Article 349 TFEU and the smaller Aegean islands as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 229/2013, shall be exempt from the standards of good agricultural and environmental condition of lands requirements 1, 2, 8 and 9, as laid down in Annex III to this Regulation.

Amendment    139

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 3 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3d.  Member States shall provide the beneficiaries concerned, where appropriate by the use of electronic means, with the list of the requirements and standards to be applied at farm level, as well as clear and precise information thereon.

Amendment    140

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules for good agricultural and environmental condition, including establishing the elements of the system of the ratio of permanent grassland, the year of reference and the rate of conversion under GAEC 1 as referred to in Annex III, the format and additional minimum elements and functionalities of the Farm Sustainability Tool for Nutrients.

4.  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules in relation to:

 

(a) further elements of the system of the ratio of permanent grassland and the rate of conversion under GAEC 1 as referred in Annex III;

 

(b) criteria for the determination of equivalent measures;

 

(c) rules laying down the appropriate requirements applicable to the national or regional certification schemes referred to in point (c) of paragraph 3a, including the level of guarantee offered by those schemes.

Amendment    141

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall include in the CAP Strategic Plan a system providing services for advising farmers and other beneficiaries of CAP support on land management and farm management ('farm advisory services').

1.  Member States shall include in the CAP Strategic Plan a system providing quality and independent services for advising farmers and other beneficiaries of CAP support on land management and farm management ('farm advisory services') which, when appropriate, shall build upon any already existing systems at Member States level. Member States shall allocate an appropriate budget for the funding of those services and a brief description of those services shall be included in the national CAP Strategic Plans.

Amendment    142

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The farm advisory services shall cover economic, environmental and social dimensions and deliver up to date technological and scientific information developed by research and innovation. They shall be integrated within the interrelated services of farm advisors, researchers, farmer organisations and other relevant stakeholders that form the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS).

2.  The farm advisory services shall cover economic, environmental and social dimensions and deliver up to date technological and scientific information developed by research and innovation, taking account of traditional farming practices and techniques. They shall be integrated within the interrelated services of farm advisory networks, researchers, farmer organisations, cooperatives and other relevant stakeholders that form the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS).

Amendment    143

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States shall ensure that the farm advice given is impartial and that advisors have no conflict of interest.

3.  Member States shall ensure that the farm advice given is impartial, adapted to the whole range of means of production and farms and that advisors have no conflict of interest .

Amendment    144

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  Member States shall ensure that farm advisory services are equipped to provide advice on both production and the provision of public goods.

Amendment    145

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The farm advisory services shall cover at least the following:

4.  The farm advisory services established by the Member State shall cover at least the following:

Amendment    146

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  all requirements, conditions and management commitments applying to farmers and other beneficiaries set in the CAP Strategic Plan, including requirements and standards under conditionality and conditions for support schemes as well as information on financial instruments and business plans established under the CAP Strategic Plan;

(a)  all requirements, conditions and management commitments applying to farmers and other beneficiaries set in the CAP Strategic Plan, including requirements and standards under conditionality, eco-schemes, environmental, climate and other management commitments under Article 65 and conditions for support schemes as well as information on financial instruments and business plans established under the CAP Strategic Plan;

Amendment    147

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  risk management as referred to in Article 70;

(d)  risk prevention and management;

Amendment    148

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa)  techniques to optimise the economic performance of production systems, the improvement of competitiveness, market orientation, short supply chains and the promotion of entrepreneurship;

Amendment    149

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fb)  specific advice for farmers setting up for the first time;

Amendment    150

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fc)  safety standards and well-being in farming communities;

Amendment    151

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fd)  the sustainable management of nutrients;

Amendment    152

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fe)  improvement of agro ecological and agroforestry practices and techniques on both agricultural and forest lands;

Amendment    153

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f f (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ff)  concentration on producer organisations and other farmer groups;

Amendment    154

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f g (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fg)  assistance to farmers who wish to change production, in particular due to changes in consumer demand, with advice concerning the new skills and equipment required;

Amendment    155

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f h (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fh)  land mobility and succession planning services;

Amendment    156

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f i (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fi)  all agricultural practices which make it possible to reduce the use of fertilisers and plant protection products by promoting natural methods of soil fertility improvement and pest control; and

Amendment    157

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f j (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fj)  improving resilience and adapting to climate change.

Amendment    158

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a.  Without prejudice to national law and other relevant provisions of Union law, persons and entities in charge of advisory services shall not disclose to any person other than the advised farmer or beneficiary any personal or business information or data relating to the farmer or beneficiary in question, which has been acquired in the course of their advisory assignment, with the exception of infringements subject to mandatory reporting to public authorities under national or Union law.

Amendment    159

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4b.  Member States shall also ensure by means of appropriate public procedure that advisors working within the farm advisory system are suitably qualified and regularly trained.

Amendment    160

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  the schemes for the climate and the environment.

(d)  the schemes for the climate, the environment and animal welfare; and

Amendment    161

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 2 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  the schemes for boosting competitiveness;

Amendment    162

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall reduce the amount of direct payments to be granted to a farmer pursuant to this Chapter for a given calendar year exceeding EUR 60 000 as follows:

1.  Member States shall reduce the amount of direct payments to be granted to a farmer pursuant to this Chapter for a given calendar year where that amount exceeds a threshold of EUR 100 000.

(a)  by at least 25 % for the tranche between EUR 60 000 and EUR 75 000;

 

(b)  by at least 50 % for the tranche between EUR 75 000 and EUR 90 000;

 

(c)  by at least 75 % for the tranche between EUR 90 000 and EUR 100 000;

 

(d)  by 100 % for the amount exceeding EUR 100 000.

 

Amendment    163

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Before applying paragraph 1, Member States shall subtract from the amount of direct payments to be granted to a farmer pursuant to this Chapter in a given calendar year:

Before applying paragraph 1, Member States may subtract from the amount of direct payments to be granted to a farmer pursuant to this Chapter in a given calendar year:

Amendment    164

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  the salaries linked to an agricultural activity declared by the farmer, including taxes and social contributions related to employment; and

(a)  50% of the salaries linked to an agricultural activity declared by the farmer, including taxes and social contributions related to employment;

Amendment    165

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the equivalent cost of regular and unpaid labour linked to an agricultural activity practiced by persons working on the farm concerned who do not receive a salary, or who receive less remuneration than the amount normally paid for the services rendered, but are rewarded through the economic result of the farm business.

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Amendment    166

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba)  the direct support referred to in Articles 27 and 28;

Amendment    167

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

To calculate the amounts referred to in points a) and b), Member States shall use the average standard salaries linked to an agricultural activity at national or regional level multiplied by the number of annual work units declared by the farmer concerned.

To calculate the amounts referred to in points (a), Member States shall use the actual salary costs or the average standard salaries linked to an agricultural and related activity at national or regional level multiplied by the number of annual work units declared by the farmer concerned. Member States may use indicators on standard salary costs associated with various types of farm or reference data on employment generation by farm type.

Amendment    168

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The estimated product of the reduction of payments shall primarily be used to contribute to the financing of the complementary redistributive income support for sustainability and thereafter of other interventions belonging to decoupled direct payments.

The estimated product of the reduction of payments shall be prioritised to finance the complementary redistributive income support for sustainability and thereafter of other interventions belonging to decoupled direct payments.

Amendment    169

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States may also use all or part of the product to finance types of interventions under the EAFRD as specified in Chapter IV by means of a transfer. Such transfer to the EAFRD shall be part of the CAP Strategic Plan financial tables and may be reviewed in 2023 in accordance with Article 90. It shall not be subject to the maximum limits for the transfers of funds from the EAGF to the EAFRD established under Article 90.

Member States may also use all or part of the product to finance types of interventions under the EAFRD as specified in Chapter IV by means of a transfer. Such transfer to the EAFRD shall be part of the CAP Strategic Plan financial tables and may be reviewed in 2024 in accordance with Article 90.

Amendment    170

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  In the case of a legal person, or a group of natural or legal persons, Member States may apply the reduction referred to in paragraph 1 at the level of the members of those legal persons or groups where national law provides for the individual members to assume rights and obligations comparable to those of individual farmers who have the status of a head of holding, in particular as regards their economic, social and tax status, provided that they have contributed to strengthening the agricultural structures of the legal persons or groups concerned.

Amendment    171

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b.  Where a Member State grants complementary redistributive income support to farmers under Article 26 and to that end uses at least 10% of its allocation for direct payments laid down in Annex IV, it may decide to waive the application of this Article.

Amendment    172

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3c.  No advantage consisting of avoiding reductions of the payment shall be granted in favour of farmers in respect of whom it is established that they artificially created the conditions to avoid the effects of this Article.

Amendment    173

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules establishing a harmonised basis for calculation for the reduction of payments laid down in paragraph 1 to ensure a correct distribution of the funds to the entitled beneficiaries.

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Amendment    174

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall grant decoupled direct payments under the conditions set out in this Section and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

1.  Member States shall grant decoupled direct payments to active farmers under the conditions set out in this Section and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

Amendment    175

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall set an area threshold and only grant decoupled direct payments to genuine farmers whose eligible area of the holding for which decoupled direct payments are claimed goes beyond this area threshold.

Member States shall set an area threshold and/or a minimum limit for direct payments and only grant direct payments to active farmers whose direct payment areas and/or volumes equal or exceed those thresholds.

Amendment    176

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

When setting the area threshold, Member States shall aim at ensuring that decoupled direct payments may only be granted to genuine farmers if:

When setting the area threshold or minimum limit for payments, Member States shall aim at ensuring that direct payments may only be granted to active farmers if:

Amendment    177

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  the management of the corresponding payments does not cause excessive administrative burden, and

(a)  the management of the corresponding payments equalling or exceeding those thresholds does not cause excessive administrative burden, and

Amendment    178

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the corresponding amounts make an effective contribution to the objectives set out in Article 6(1) to which decoupled direct payments contribute.

(b)  the amounts received above the threshold established make an effective contribution to the objectives set out in Article 6(1) to which decoupled direct payments contribute.

Amendment    179

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The Member States concerned may decide not to apply paragraph 1 to the outermost regions and to the smaller Aegean Islands.

3.  The Member States concerned may decide not to apply this Article to the outermost regions and to the smaller Aegean Islands and to the Balearic Islands archipelago.

Amendment    180

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  In specific situations where, owing to the nature of the farming system, farmers do not have land but have been granted aid in the form of the basic payment at the entry into force of this regulation, basic income support shall be an amount per holding.

Amendment    181

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Without prejudice to Articles 19 to 24, the basic income support shall be granted for each eligible hectare declared by a genuine farmer.

3.  Without prejudice to Articles 19 to 24, the basic income support shall be granted for each eligible hectare declared by an active farmer.

Amendment    182

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Member States may decide to differentiate the amount of the basic income support per hectare amongst different groups of territories faced with similar socio-economic or agronomic conditions.

2.  Member States may decide to differentiate the amount per hectare of income support according to different groups of areas in accordance with socio-economic, environmental or agronomic conditions. Member States may decide to increase the amounts for regions with natural or area-specific handicaps, and depopulated areas.

Amendment    183

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  Member States may lay down mechanisms that restrict the number of national eligible hectares that can benefit from support, on the basis of a reference period decided by the Member State.

Amendment    184

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Where Member States having applied the basic payment scheme as laid down in Section 1 of Chapter I of Title III of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 decide not to grant the basic income support based on payment entitlements, the payment entitlements allocated under Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 shall expire on 31 December 2020.

2.  Where Member States having applied the basic payment scheme as laid down in Section 1 of Chapter I of Title III of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 decide not to grant the basic income support based on payment entitlements, the payment entitlements allocated under Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 shall expire on 31 December 2022. Member States which have already completed the internal adjustment process of the payment entitlements may decide to waive the payment entitlements earlier.

Amendment    185

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall determine the unit value of payment entitlements before convergence in accordance with this Article by adjusting the value of payment entitlements proportionally to their value as established in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 for claim year 2020 and the related payment for agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and environment provided for in Chapter III of Title III of that Regulation for claim year 2020.

1.  Member States shall determine the unit value of payment entitlements before convergence in accordance with this Article by adjusting the value of payment entitlements proportionally to their value as established in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 for claim year 2021 and the related payment for agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and environment provided for in Chapter III of Title III of that Regulation for claim year 2021.

Amendment    186

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  Where the value of payment entitlements as determined in accordance with paragraph 1 is not uniform within a Member State or within a group of territories as defined in accordance with Article 18(2), Member States shall ensure a convergence of the value of payment entitlements towards a uniform unit value by claim year 2026 at the latest.

4.  Where the value of payment entitlements as determined in accordance with paragraph 1 is not uniform within a Member State or within a group of territories as defined in accordance with Article 18(2), Member States shall ensure a full convergence of the value of payment entitlements towards a uniform unit value by claim year 2026 at the latest.

Amendment    187

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  For the purposes of paragraph 4, Member States shall ensure that, for claim year 2026 at the latest, all payment entitlements have a value of at least 75% of the average planned unit amount for the basic income support for claim year 2026 as laid down in the CAP Strategic Plan transmitted in accordance with Article 106 (1) for the Member State or for the territories as defined in accordance with Article 18(2).

5.  For the purposes of paragraph 4, Member States shall ensure that, for claim year 2024 at the latest, all payment entitlements have a value of at least 75% of the average planned unit amount for the basic income support for claim year 2024 as laid down in the CAP Strategic Plan transmitted in accordance with Article 106 (1) for the Member State or for the territories as defined in accordance with Article 18(2).

Amendment    188

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a.  For the purposes of paragraph 4, Member States shall ensure that, for the last claim year of the programming period at the latest, all payment entitlements have a value of 100% of the average planned unit amount for the basic income support for claim year 2026 as laid down in the CAP Strategic Plan transmitted in accordance with Article 106 (1) for the Member State or for the territories as defined in accordance with Article 18(2).

Amendment    189

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7.  The reductions referred to in paragraph 6 shall be based on objective and non-discriminatory criteria. Without prejudice to the minimum set in accordance with paragraph 5, such criteria may include the fixing of a maximum decrease that may not be lower than 30%.

7.  The reductions referred to in paragraph 6 shall be based on objective and non-discriminatory criteria. Without prejudice to the minimum set in accordance with paragraph 5, such criteria may include the fixing of a maximum decrease that may not be lower than 30% per year.

Amendment    190

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall grant genuine farmers holding owned or leased-in payment entitlements basic income support upon activation of those payment entitlements. Member States shall ensure that for the purpose of the activation of payment entitlements genuine farmers declare the eligible hectares accompanying any payment entitlement.

1.  Member States shall grant farmers holding owned or leased-in payment entitlements basic income support upon activation of those payment entitlements. Member States shall ensure that for the purpose of the activation of payment entitlements active farmers declare the eligible hectares accompanying any payment entitlement.

Amendment    191

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Each Member State deciding to grant the basic income support based on payment entitlements shall manage a national reserve.

1.  Each Member State deciding to grant the basic income support based on payment entitlements shall set up a national reserve, equivalent to a maximum of 3 % of the allocations laid down in Annex VII.

Amendment    192

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  Member States may exceed the percentage referred to in paragraph 1 where that is necessary to cover allocation requirements pursuant to points (a) and (b) of paragraph 4 and of paragraph 5.

Amendment    193

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States shall ensure that payment entitlements from the reserve be only allocated to genuine farmers.

3.  Member States shall ensure that payment entitlements from the reserve be only allocated to active farmers.

Amendment    194

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  young farmers who have newly set up a holding for the first time;

(a)  young farmers who have newly set up a holding for the first time; or

Amendment    195

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 4 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  farmers who have newly set up a holding for the first time, as head of the holding and with appropriate training or acquired necessary skills as defined by the Member States for young farmers.

(b)  farmers who have newly set up a holding for the first time, as head of the holding and with appropriate training or acquired necessary skills and knowledge;

Amendment    196

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 4 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba)  In the case of points (a) and (b) of the first subparagrah of this paragraph, Member States may give priority to women with a view to helping to meet the objective referred to in point (h) of Article 6(1).

Amendment    197

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a.  Member States may also identify, through objective and non-discriminatory criteria, other cases which, according to the needs assessment described in Article 96, are more vulnerable or more relevant to achieve the specific objectives set out in Article 6, as well as farmers who are newly making use of collectively managed areas.

Amendment    198

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  Member States shall allocate payment entitlements to, or increase the value of the existing payment entitlements of genuine farmers who are entitled by virtue of a definitive court ruling or by virtue of a definitive administrative act of the competent authority of a Member State. Member States shall ensure that those genuine farmers receive the number and value of payment entitlements established in that ruling or act at a date to be fixed by the Member State.

5.  Member States shall allocate payment entitlements to, or increase the value of the existing payment entitlements of active farmers who are entitled by virtue of a definitive court ruling or by virtue of a definitive administrative act of the competent authority of a Member State. Member States shall ensure that those active farmers receive the number and value of payment entitlements established in that ruling or act at a date to be fixed by the Member State.

Amendment    199

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a.  Member States may use the national reserve to increase basic support for income across the board or with a view to meeting specific objectives laid down in Article 6(1), on the basis of non-discriminatory criteria, provided that sufficient amounts remain available for the allocations laid down in paragraphs 4 and 5 of this Article.

Amendment    200

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 23

deleted

Delegated powers

 

The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules on:

 

(a)  the establishment of the reserve;

 

(b)  on access to the reserve;

 

(c)  the content of the declaration and the requirements for the activation of payment entitlements.

 

Amendment    201

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Except in the case of transfer by actual or anticipated inheritance, payment entitlements shall be transferred only to a genuine farmer.

1.  Except in the case of transfer by actual or anticipated inheritance, payment entitlements shall be transferred only to a active farmer.

Amendment    202

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.  Payment entitlements may not be given a market value.

Amendment    203

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Round sum payment for small farmers

Simplified scheme for small farmers

Amendment    204

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States may grant payments to small farmers as defined by Member States by way of a round sum, replacing direct payments under this Section and Section 3 of this Chapter. Member States shall design the corresponding intervention in the CAP Strategic Plan as optional for the farmers.

Member States shall introduce a simplified scheme for small farmers requesting support in respect of an amount of up to EUR 1 250. That scheme may consist of a lump sum, replacing direct payments under this Section and Section 3 of this Chapter, or a per-hectare payment, which may be different for different territories, defined in accordance with Article 18(2). Member States shall design the corresponding intervention in the CAP Strategic Plan as optional for the farmers.

Amendment    205

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.   Farmers wishing to participate in the simplified scheme shall submit an application no later than a date to be set by the Member State, without prejudice to the Member States being able to automatically include the farmers fulfilling the conditions and offering them the possibility of withdrawing from it by a specific deadline.

Amendment    206

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1b.   For farmers participating in the simplified scheme, Member States may apply simplified conditionality checks, as laid down in Article 84 of Regulation (EU) [HzR].

Amendment    207

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 1 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1c.   Member States may establish rules and services for reducing administrative costs, supporting small farmers to cooperate.

Amendment    208

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 1 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1d.   Member States shall ensure that no advantage provided for in this Article shall be granted to farmers if it is established that they artificially created, after 1 June 2018, the conditions for receiving payments to small farmers.

Amendment    209

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Member States shall ensure redistribution of support from bigger to smaller or medium-sized farms by providing for a redistributive income support in the form of an annual decoupled payment per eligible hectare to farmers who are entitled to a payment under the basic income support referred to in Article 17.

2.  Member States shall ensure a fair redistribution of support from bigger to smaller or medium-sized farms by providing for a redistributive income support in the form of an annual decoupled payment per eligible hectare to farmers who are entitled to a payment under the basic income support referred to in Article 17.

Amendment    210

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States shall establish an amount per hectare or different amounts for different ranges of hectares, as well as the maximum number of hectares per farmer for which the redistributive income support shall be paid.

3.  Member States shall establish a payment equivalent to an amount per hectare or different amounts for different ranges of hectares. They may differentiate those amounts in accordance with the territories defined pursuant to Article 18(2).

Amendment    211

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  The amount of the redistributive payment per hectare shall not be higher than 65 % of the basic income support for sustainability, in accordance with the national or territory average, multiplied by the number of eligible hectares.

Amendment    212

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b.  The number of eligible hectares per farmer shall not be greater than the national average size of holdings, or the average size in accordance with the territories defined pursuant to Article 18(2). Member States shall grant access to that payment starting from the first eligible hectare of the holding.

Amendment    213

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3c.  Member States shall identify non-discriminatory criteria, with the objective laid down in point (a) of Article 6(1), for calculating the amount to be granted for complementary redistribution of income for sustainability in the context of the CAP Strategic Plans, and shall also set a financial ceiling above which farms shall not be entitled to the redistributive payment. Member States shall take into consideration the average level of farms' income at national or regional level. In the distribution criteria, they shall also take into consideration the natural and specific constraints faced by some regions, including island regions, in the development of their agricultural activity.

Amendment    214

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The amount per hectare planned for a given claim year shall not exceed the national average amount of direct payments per hectare for that claim year.

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Amendment    215

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  The national average amount of direct payments per hectare is defined as the ratio of the national ceiling for direct payments for a given claim year as laid down in Annex IV and the total planned outputs for the basic income support for that claim year, expressed in number of hectares.

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Amendment    216

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a.  For a legal person, or a group of natural or legal persons, Member States may apply the maximum number of hectares referred to in paragraph 3 at the level of the members of those legal persons or groups where national law provides for the individual members to assume rights and obligations comparable to those of individual farmers who have the status of head of holding, in particular as regards their economic, social and tax status, provided that they have contributed to strengthening the agricultural structures of the legal persons or groups concerned.

Amendment    217

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 5 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5b.  Member States shall ensure that no advantage provided for under this Chapter is granted to farmers in respect of whom it is established that they divided their holding with the sole purpose of benefiting from the redistributive payment. This shall also apply to farmers whose holdings result from that division.

Amendment    218

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States may provide for complementary income support for young farmers under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

1.  Member States may provide for complementary income support for young farmers defined in accordance with the criteria laid down in point (d) of Article 4(1), under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

Amendment    219

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  As part of their obligations to contribute to the specific objective 'attract young farmers and facilitate business development in rural areas' set out in point (g) of Article 6(1) and to dedicate at least 2% of their allocations for direct payments to this objective in accordance with Article 86(4), Member States may provide a complementary income support for young farmers who have newly set up for the first time and who are entitled to a payment under the basic income support as referred to in Article 17.

2.  As part of their obligations to attract young farmers in line with the objective set out in point (g) of Article 6(1) and to dedicate at least 2% of their allocations for direct payments to this objective, in accordance with Article 86(4), Member States may provide a complementary income support for young farmers who have newly set up for the first time as head of the holding and who are entitled to a payment under the basic income support as referred to in Article 17.

Amendment    220

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The complementary income support for young farmers shall take the form of an annual decoupled payment per eligible hectare.

3.  The complementary income support for young farmers shall be granted for a maximum period of seven years, starting from the date of the submission of the application for the payment for young farmers, and shall take the form of an annual decoupled payment per eligible hectare. It may be calculated at the national level or on the basis of the territories defined in accordance with Article 18(2).

Amendment    221

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  Young farmers who have received in the final year of application of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 the support provided for in Article 50 of that Regulation may receive the support provided for in this Article for the maximum total period referred to in the paragraph 3.

Amendment    222

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b.  The payment shall be granted for a number of hectares not exceeding average size of the farms at national level or according to the territories defined in Article 18(2).

Amendment    223

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3c.  Member States may lay down specific provisions relating to young farmers belonging to groups of farmers, producer organisations or cooperatives with the aim of ensuring they do not lose support pursuant to this Article when joining such entities.

Amendment    224

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Schemes for the climate and the environment

Schemes for the climate, environment and animal welfare

Amendment    225

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall provide support for voluntary schemes for the climate and the environment ('eco-schemes') under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

1.  Member States shall establish and provide support for voluntary schemes for the climate, environment and animal welfare ('eco-schemes') under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

Amendment    226

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

That support shall aim to preserve beneficial practices and/or promote the necessary conversion to practices and techniques that make a stronger contribution to the environment and climate.

 

Support may be directed towards commitments for agricultural practices in specific sectors and/or geographical areas defined by the Member States. Areas designated pursuant to Directives 92/43/EEC or 2009/147/EC shall automatically be regarded as eligible for the scheme.

Amendment    227

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Member States shall support under this type of intervention genuine farmers who make commitments to observe, on eligible hectares, agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment.

2.  Member States shall support under this type of intervention active farmers or groups of farmers who make commitments to observe, agricultural practices and certified schemes beneficial for the climate environment and animal welfare, which lead to achieving one or more of the specific objectives defined in points (d), (e), (f) and (i) of Article 6(1), and are tailored to address specific national or regional needs.

Amendment    228

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States shall establish the list of agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment.

3.  The Commission shall adopt delegated acts, by … [two months after the date of entry into force of this Regulation], in accordance with Article 138, supplementing this Regulation by establishing a catalogue of examples of agricultural practices beneficial for the climate, the environment and animal welfare, taking into account the conditions referred to in paragraph 4 of this Article.

 

Member States may establish, in cooperation with, national, regional and local stakeholders, complementary national lists or draw from the examples in the catalogue referred to in the previous paragraph to take into account their specific needs.

 

Those lists shall consist of measures of a type other than those covered under Article 65, or of measures of the same nature but with a different level of ambition. Farmers may choose at least one of them in order to be eligible for aid.

Amendment    229

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  Member States shall, at least, include in those lists eco-schemes to set up a minimum share of agricultural area devoted to non-productive features or areas, the use of a farm tool for the sustainable management of nutrients, and, where applicable, appropriate maintenance of wetland and peatland.

Amendment    230

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  Those practices shall be designed to meet one or more of the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives laid down in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1).

4.  Each of those practices shall be designed to meet one or more of the specific environmental, climate-related and animal welfare objectives laid down in points (d), (e), (f) and (i) of Article 6(1) .

Amendment    231

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 5 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  go beyond the minimum requirements for the use of fertilisers and plant protection products, animal welfare, as well as other mandatory requirements established by national and Union law;

(b)  go beyond the minimum requirements for animal welfare and the reduction of the use of fertilisers and plant protection products as well as other mandatory requirements established by Union law;

Amendment    232

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 5 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  are different from commitments in respect of which payments are granted under Article 65.

(d)  are different from, or complementary to, commitments in respect of which payments are granted under Article 65;

Amendment    233

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 5 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  contribute to the maintenance of practices that are beneficial for the environment.

Amendment    234

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  Support for eco-schemes shall take the form of an annual payment per eligible hectare and it shall be granted as either:

6.  Support for eco-schemes shall take the form of an annual payment per eligible hectare or/and a per farm payment, and it shall be granted as incentive payments going beyond compensation of additional costs incurred and income foregone, which may consist of a lump sum.

(a)  payments additional to the basic income support as set out in Subsection 2 of this Section; or

 

(b)  payments compensating beneficiaries for all or part of the additional costs incurred and income foregone as a result of the commitments as set pursuant to Article 65.

 

Amendment    235

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 6 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The level of payments shall vary according to the level of ambition of sustainability of each intervention or set of interventions, based on non-discriminatory criteria, in order to offer an effective incentive for participation.

Amendment    236

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7.  Member States shall ensure that interventions under this Article are consistent with those granted under Article 65.

7.  Member States shall ensure that interventions under this Article are consistent with those granted under Article 65, assuring the adequate delimitation between the two types of interventions. Where the distinction between interventions decided under both articles is the level of environmental ambition, the Member State shall avoid double financing.

Amendment    237

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

8.  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with further rules on the eco-schemes.

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Amendment    238

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 28 a

 

Schemes for boosting competitiveness

 

1.   Member States shall provide support for voluntary schemes for boosting competitiveness (‘boost-schemes’) under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans

 

2.   Member States shall support under this type of intervention active farmers who make commitments to expenditure beneficial for boosting agricultural competitiveness of the farmer.

 

3.   Member States shall establish an eligible list of categories of expenditure beneficial for boosting competitiveness of the farmer.

 

4.   Those practices shall be designed to meet one or more of the specific economic objectives laid down in points (a), (b) and (c) of Article 6(1) and contributes to the cross-cutting objective as set out in Article 5.

 

5.   Under this type of interventions, Member States shall only provide payments covering commitments which do not result in double funding in respect of this Regulation

 

6.   Support for boost-schemes shall take the form of annual payment and it shall be granted as either:

 

(a)   payments based on eligible hectares additional to the basic income support as set out in Subsection 2 of this Section; or

 

(b)   payments compensating beneficiaries for all or part of the costs incurred; or

 

(c)  based on output relevant for this type of intervention

 

7.   Member States shall ensure that interventions under this Article are consistent with those granted under Articles 27, 28, 65, 68, 69, 70, 71 and 72.

 

8.   The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with further rules on the boost-schemes.

Amendment    239

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States may grant coupled income support to genuine farmers under the conditions set out in this Subsection and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

1.  Member States may grant coupled income support to active farmers under the conditions set out in this Subsection and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

Amendment    240

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Member States’ interventions shall help the supported sectors and productions or specific types of farming therein listed in Article 30 addressing the difficulty or difficulties they undergo by improving their competitiveness, their sustainability or their quality.

2.  The Member States’ interventions shall help the supported sectors and productions or specific types of farming therein listed in Article 30 addressing the difficulty or difficulties they undergo by improving their competitiveness, their structuring, their sustainability or their quality. In addition, these interventions must be consistent with relevant specific objectives set out in Articles 6(1).

Amendment    241

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Coupled income support shall take the form of an annual payment per hectare or animal.

3.  Coupled support is a production-limiting scheme that shall take the form of an annual payment based on fixed areas and yields or on a fixed number of animals and shall respect financial ceilings to be determined by Member States for each measure and notified to the Commission.

Amendment    242

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  Member States may decide to target or increase the coupled aid according to the beneficiary's commitment to improve its competitiveness, quality or the structuring of the sector.

Amendment    243

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Coupled income support may only be granted to the following sectors and productions or specific types of farming therein where these are important for economic, social or environmental reasons: cereals, oilseeds, protein crops, grain legumes, flax, hemp, rice, nuts, starch potato, milk and milk products, seeds, sheepmeat and goatmeat, beef and veal, olive oil, silkworms, dried fodder, hops, sugar beet, cane and chicory, fruit and vegetables, short rotation coppice and other non-food crops, excluding trees, used for the production of products that have the potential to substitute fossil materials.

Coupled income support may only be granted to the following sectors and productions or specific types of farming: cereals, oilseeds, protein crops, grain legumes, flax, hemp, rice, nuts, starch potato, milk and milk products, seeds, sheepmeat and goatmeat, beef and veal, olive oil, silkworms, dried fodder, hops, sugar beet, cane and chicory, fruit and vegetables, short rotation coppice.

Amendment    244

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.  By way of derogation from paragraph 1, coupled support may be granted to farmers who do not have eligible hectares at their disposal.

 

When granting coupled support, Member States shall ensure that the following conditions are fulfilled:

 

(a)   there is a clear environmental, or socioeconomic need or benefit;

 

(b)   the support does not create major distortions in the internal market; and

 

(c)   support for livestock production shall be consistent with Directive 2000/60/EC.

Amendment    245

Proposal for a regulation

Article 33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

[...]

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Amendment    246

Proposal for a regulation

Article 34 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall grant a crop-specific payment for cotton to genuine farmers producing cotton falling within CN code 5201 00 under the conditions laid down in this Subsection.

Member States shall grant a crop-specific payment for cotton to active farmers producing cotton falling within CN code 5201 00 under the conditions laid down in this Subsection.

Amendment    247

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 3 – indent 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

–  Bulgaria: EUR 624,11,

–  Bulgaria: X EUR,

Amendment    248

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 3 – indent 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

–  Greece: EUR 225,04,

–  Greece: X EUR,

Amendment    249

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 3 – indent 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

–  Spain: EUR 348,03,

–  Spain: X EUR,

Amendment    250

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 3 – indent 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

–  Portugal: EUR 219,09

–  Portugal: X EUR

Amendment    251

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  fruit and vegetables sector, as referred to in point (i) of Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013;

(a)  fruit and vegetables sector, as referred to in point (i) of Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 and such products as are earmarked for processing;

Amendment    252

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  other sectors referred to in points (a) to (h), (k), (m), (o) to (t) and (w) of Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.

(f)  other sectors referred to in points (a) to (h), (k), (m), (o) to (t) and (w) of Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, as well as protein crops.

Amendment    253

Proposal for a regulation

Article 40 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States may choose in their CAP Strategic Plan to implement the sectoral types of interventions referred to in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 39.

3.  Member States may choose in their CAP Strategic Plan to implement the sectoral types of interventions referred to in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 39, and they shall substantiate their choice of sectors and type of interventions.

Amendment    254

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  ensuring the proper functioning of types of interventions laid down in this Chapter;

(a)  ensuring the proper functioning of types of interventions laid down in this Chapter, in particular with a view to avoid distortions of competition in the internal market;

Amendment    255

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  providing support for producers organisations in relation to the fulfilment of their specific tasks under this Chapter;

Amendment    256

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  the maximum level of Union financial assistance for market withdrawals referred to in point (a) of Article 46(4) and for the types of interventions referred to in Article 52(3);

(c)  the maximum level of Union financial assistance for market withdrawals referred to in point (a) of Article 46(4) and for the types of interventions referred to in Article 52(3), as well as fixed packaging and transport rates for products withdrawn for free distribution and processing costs prior to delivery for that purpose;

Amendment    257

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca)  establishing the conditions for setting up and managing the operating fund as well as requests for aid and advances.

Amendment    258

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The following objectives shall be pursued in the fruit and vegetables sector:

In accordance with Articles 5 and 6, the following objectives shall be pursued in the fruit and vegetables sector:

Amendment    259

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  concentration of supply and the placing on the market of the products of the fruit and vegetables sector, including through direct marketing; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a) and (c) of Article 6(1);

(b)  concentration of supply and the placing on the market of the products of the fruit and vegetables sector, including through direct marketing and short supply chains, as well as promoting the collective negotiation of contracts; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b) and (c) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    260

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  research and development of sustainable production methods, including pest resilience, innovative practices boosting economic competitiveness and bolstering market developments; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (c) and (i) of Article 6(1) ;

(c)  application, research and development of sustainable production methods, including pest resilience, innovative practices boosting economic competitiveness and bolstering market developments; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b), (c) and (i) of Article 6(1) ;

Amendment    261

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  developing, implementing and promoting methods of production respectful of the environment, environmentally sound cultivation practices and production techniques, sustainable use of natural resources in particular protection of water, soil, air, biodiversity and other natural resources; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (e) and (f) of Article 6(1);

(d)  developing, implementing and promoting methods of production respectful of the environment, environmentally sound cultivation practices and production techniques, sustainable use of natural resources in particular protection of water, soil, air, biodiversity and other natural resources; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (d), (e), (f) and (i) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    262

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  boosting products' commercial value and quality, including improving product quality and developing products with a protected designation of origin, with a protected geographical indication or covered by a national quality schemes; those objectives relate to the specific objective set out in point (b) of Article 6(1);

(f)  boosting products' commercial value, and quality, including improving products for processing, and developing products with a protected designation of origin, with a protected geographical indication, or covered by other public or private quality schemes; those objectives relate to the specific objective set out in point (b) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    263

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g)  promotion and marketing of the products of the fruit and vegetables sector, whether in a fresh or processed form; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (b) and (c) of Article 6(1);

(g)  promotion and marketing of the products of the fruit and vegetables sector, whether in a fresh or processed form; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (b), (c) and (i) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    264

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  crisis prevention and risk management, aimed at avoiding and dealing with crises on the fruit and vegetables markets; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b) and (c) of Article 6 (1).

(i)  crisis prevention and risk mitigation and management, including phytosanitary aspects, aimed at avoiding and dealing with crises on the fruit and vegetables markets; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b) and (c) of Article 6 (1);

Amendment    265

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point i a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ia)  management and reduction of by-products and waste;

Amendment    266

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point i b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ib)  promoting genetic diversity.

Amendment    267

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  investments in tangible and non-tangible assets, in particular focused on water saving, energy saving, ecological packaging and waste reduction;

(a)  investments in tangible and non-tangible assets, including those focused on water saving and water quality, energy generation and saving, ecological packaging, waste reduction and monitoring of waste flows;

Amendment    268

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  planning and adjusting production to demand, particularly in terms of quality and quantity, of products of the fruit and vegetables sector;

Amendment    269

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab)  actions to increase the commercial value of products;

Amendment    270

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point a c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ac)  collective storage of products produced by the producer organisation or by members of the producer organisation;

Amendment    271

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  research and experimental production, in particular focused on water saving, energy saving, ecological packaging, waste reduction, pest resilience, reduction of risks and impacts of pesticides use, preventing damage caused by adverse climatic events and boosting the use of fruit and vegetable varieties adapted to changing climate conditions;

(b)  research and experimental production, focused on measures such as water saving and quality, energy generation and saving, ecological packaging, waste reduction, pest resilience, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), reduction of risks and impacts of pesticides use, preservation of pollinators, preventing damage caused by adverse climatic events and boosting the use of fruit and vegetable varieties adapted to changing climate conditions;

Amendment    272

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca)  actions aimed at environmental improvement and climate change mitigation and adaptation;

Amendment    273

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  integrated production;

(d)  integrated production, promoting sustainable use of natural resources while reducing pesticide and other input dependency;

Amendment    274

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  actions to conserve soil and enhance soil carbon;

(e)  actions to conserve and rebuild soil structure and enhance soil carbon including to avoid soil degradation;

Amendment    275

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h)  actions to improve pest resilience;

(h)  actions improve resilience to pests and to mitigate pest damage, including by promoting IPM;

Amendment    276

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha)  actions to introduce production systems that boost especially biological and structural diversity;

Amendment    277

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point k

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(k)  actions to increase sustainability and efficiency of transport and of storage of products of the fruit and vegetables sector;

(k)  actions to increase sustainability and efficiency of transport and of storage of products of the fruit and vegetables sector and promote short supply chains;

Amendment    278

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point m

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(m)  implementation of Union and national quality schemes;

(m)  implementation of Union and other public and private quality schemes, governed by the public or private sector;

Amendment    279

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point n

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(n)  promotion and communication, including actions and activities aimed at diversification and consolidation of the fruit and vegetables markets and at informing about the health advantages of consumption of fruit and vegetables;

(n)  promotion and communication, including actions and activities aimed at diversification and consolidation of the fruit and vegetables markets, the search for new market outlets, as well as informing about the health advantages of consumption of fruit and vegetables;

Amendment    280

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point o

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(o)  advisory services and technical assistance, in particular concerning sustainable pest control techniques, sustainable use of pesticides and climate change adaptation and mitigation;

(o)  advisory services, and technical assistance, including those concerning sustainable pest control techniques, sustainable use and reduction of pesticides, IPM, climate change adaptation and mitigation, agroecological practices, improvement of the quality of the products and the marketing conditions, as well as those related to negotiation, and application of phytosanitary protocols for exports to third countries;

Amendment    281

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point p

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(p)  training and exchange of best practices in particular concerning sustainable pest control techniques, sustainable use of pesticides and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

(p)  training and exchange of best practices including those concerning sustainable pest control techniques, alternatives to pesticides, sustainable use and reduction of pesticides and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation;

Amendment    282

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point p a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(pa)  actions aimed at improving quality through innovation;

Amendment    283

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point p b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(pb)  setting up traceability/certification systems.

Amendment    284

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  investments in tangible and non-tangible assets making the management of the volumes placed on the market more efficient;

(b)  investments in tangible and non-tangible assets making the management of the volumes placed on the market more efficient, including for collective storage;

Amendment    285

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  market withdrawal for free-distribution or other destinations;

(d)  market withdrawal for free-distribution, including the cost of processing withdrawn products before free distribution, or other destinations;

Amendment    286

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g)  harvest insurance that contributes to safeguarding producers' incomes where there are losses as a consequence of natural disasters, adverse climatic events, diseases or pest infestations and at the same time ensuring that beneficiaries take necessary risk prevention measures;

(g)  harvest insurance, including index-based insurance policies that cover the occurrence of the measurable hazard, that contributes to safeguarding producers' incomes where there are losses as a consequence of natural disasters, adverse climatic events, diseases or pest infestations and at the same time ensuring that beneficiaries take necessary risk prevention measures;

Amendment    287

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h)  coaching to other producer organisations and associations of producer organisations recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 or to individual producers;

(h)  professional exchanges and/or coaching to other producer organisations and associations of producer organisations recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 or to individual producers;

Amendment    288

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha)  product promotion and raising awareness of the health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption in response to market crises;

Amendment    289

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  implementation and management of third country phytosanitary protocols in the territory of the Union to facilitate access to third country markets;

(i)  negotiation, implementation and management of third country phytosanitary protocols in the territory of the Union to enable the access to third country markets, including market studies;

Amendment    290

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point i a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ia)  phytosanitary crisis prevention and management;

Amendment    291

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point k

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(k)  advisory services and technical assistance, in particular concerning sustainable pest control techniques and sustainable use of pesticides.

(k)  advisory services and technical assistance, including those concerning sustainable pest control techniques, such as the IPM, and sustainable use and reduction of pesticides;

Amendment    292

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43 – paragraph 2 – point k a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ka)  training measures and the exchange of best practices.

Amendment    293

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Operational programs shall have a minimum duration of three years and a maximum duration of seven years. They shall pursue the objectives referred to in points (d) and (e) of Article 42 and at least two other objectives referred to in that Article.

2.  Operational programs shall have a minimum duration of three years and a maximum duration of seven years. They shall pursue the objectives referred to in points (b), (d) and (e) of Article 42 and at least two other objectives referred to in that Article.

Amendment    294

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a.  The operational programmes of the associations of producer organisations may be partial operational programmes or total pperational programmes. The total operational programmes shall comply with the same management rules and conditions as the operative programs of the producer organisations.

Amendment    295

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 6 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Operational programs of associations of producer organisations shall not cover the same interventions as operational programs of member organisations. Member States shall consider operational programs of associations of producer organisations together with operational programs of member organisations.

Operational programs of associations of producer organisations shall not cover the same operations as operational programs of member organisations. Member States shall consider operational programs of associations of producer organisations together with operational programs of member organisations. Associations of producer organisations may submit partial operational programmes made up of measures identified, but not delivered, by member organisations in their operational programmes.

Amendment    296

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 6 – subparagraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  interventions under operational programs of an association of producer organisations are entirely financed by contributions of those member organisations of that association and that such funding is collected from the operational funds of those member organisations;

(a)  operations under operational programs of an association of producer organisations are entirely financed by contributions of those member organisations of that association and that such funding is collected from the operational funds of those member organisations;

Amendment    297

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 7 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  at least 20% of expenditure under operational programs covers the interventions linked to the objectives referred to in points (d) and (e) of Article 42;

(a)  at least 15 % of expenditure under operational programs covers the interventions linked to the objectives referred to in points (d) and (e) of Article 42;

Amendment    298

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 7 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  operational programmes include 3 or more actions linked to the objectives referred to in points (d) and (e) of Article 42;

Amendment    299

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 7 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  at least 5% of expenditure under operational programs covers the intervention linked to the objective referred to in point (c) of Article 42;

(b)  at least 1 % of expenditure under operational programs covers the intervention linked to the objective referred to in point (c) of Article 42;

Amendment    300

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

7a.  Operational programmes approved before … [the date of entry into force of this Regulation] shall be governed in accordance with the Regulations under which they were approved until their completion, unless the producer association or association of producer organisations voluntarily decides to adopt this Regulation.

Amendment    301

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  financial contributions from:

deleted

(i)  members of the producer organisation and/or the producer organisation itself; or

 

(ii)  associations of producer organisations through the members of those associations;

 

Amendment    302

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector and/or their associations may set up an operational fund. The fund shall be financed by:

1.  Producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector and/or their associations may set up an operational fund to finance operational programs approved by the Member States. The fund shall be financed by contributions from the producer organisation itself or association of producer organisations and/or its partners, together with the financial assistance provided under Article 46.

Amendment    303

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  4,5% of the value of marketed production of each association of producer organisations;

(b)  4,5% of the value of marketed production of each association of producer organisations; and

Amendment    304

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 2 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba)  5% of marketed production value:

 

-   for producer organisations whose marketed production and number of members in the year of the presentation of the operational programme is 25% higher than the average marketed production and the average number of producer members registered during their previous operational programme;

 

-   for the first operational programme of a producer organisation resulting from a merger;

 

-   for each transnational producer organisation or transnational association of producer organisations.

Amendment    305

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  5% of the value of marketed production of each transnational producer organisation or transnational association of producer organisations

deleted

Amendment    306

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, the Union financial assistance may be increased as follows:

By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, the Union financial assistance provided for in points (a), (b) and (b a) may be increased by 0,5 % of the value of marketed production, provided that this percentage is used solely for one or more interventions linked to the objectives referred to in points (c), (d), (e), (g), (h) and (i) of Article 42;

(a)  in the case of producer organisations, the percentage may be increased to 4,6% of the value of the marketed production, provided that the amount in excess of 4,1% of the value of marketed production is used solely for one or more interventions linked to the objectives referred to in points (c), (d), (e), (g), (h) and (i) of Article 42;

 

(b)  in the case of associations of producer organisations, the percentage may be increased to 5% of the value of the marketed production, provided that the amount in excess of 4,5% of the value of the marketed production is used solely for one or more interventions linked to the objectives referred to in points (c), (d), (e), (g), (h) and (i) of Article 42 implemented by the association of producer organisations on behalf of its members;

 

(c)  in the case of transnational producer organisation or transnational association of producer organisations, the percentage may be increased to 5,5% of the value of the marketed production, provided that the amount in excess of 5% of the value of the marketed production is used solely for one or more interventions linked to the objectives referred to in points (c), (d), (e), (g), (h) and (i) of Article 42 implemented by the transnational producer organisation or transnational association of producer organisations on behalf of its members.

 

Amendment    307

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 3 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  producer organisations operating in different Member States implementing interventions linked to the objectives referred to in points (b) and (e) of Article 42 transnationally;

(a)  producer organisations and associations of producer organisations operating in different Member States implementing interventions linked to the objectives referred to in points (b) and (e) of Article 42 transnationally;

Amendment    308

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 3 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  operational program is for the first time implemented by an association of producer organisations recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013;

(d)  operational program is for the first time implemented by a producer organisation or an association of producer organisations active in one Member State or an association of producer organisations operating in different Member States recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 ;

Amendment    309

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 3 – point f a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa)  producer organisations operate in mountain areas and island regions;

Amendment    310

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  In regions of the Member States in which the degree of organisation of producers in the fruit and vegetables sector is significantly below the Union average, Member States may grant producer organisations recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 national financial assistance equal to a maximum of 80% of the financial contributions referred to in point (a) of Article 45(1) and up to 10% of the value of the marketed production of any such producer organisation. The national financial assistance shall be additional to the operational fund.

1.  In regions of the Member States in which the degree of organisation of producers in the fruit and vegetables sector is significantly below the Union average and in island and outlying regions, Member States may grant producer organisations recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 national financial assistance equal to a maximum of 80% of the financial contributions referred to in point (a) of Article 45(1) and up to 10% of the value of the marketed production of any such producer organisation. The national financial assistance shall be additional to the operational fund.

Amendment    311

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Member States shall pursue at least one of the specific objectives referred to in Article 6(1) in the apiculture sector.

The Member States shall pursue relevant specific objectives referred to in Article 6(1) in the apiculture sector.

Amendment    312

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall choose in their CAP Strategic Plans for each specific objective set out in Article 6(1) one or more of the following types of interventions in the apiculture sector:

1.  Member States shall choose in their CAP Strategic Plans one or more of the following types of interventions in the apiculture sector:

Amendment    313

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  technical assistance to beekeepers and beekeepers' organisations;

(a)  technical assistance to beekeepers and beekeepers' organisations, including promotion of good practices, information and publicity, and basic and continuing education and training;

Amendment    314

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  actions to combat beehive invaders and diseases, in particular varroasis;

(b)  actions to combat and prevent beehive invaders and diseases, in particular varroasis, and to increase resilience to epidemics;

Amendment    315

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba)  setting up and /or developing national bee health networks;

Amendment    316

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  actions to support laboratories for the analysis of apiculture products;

(d)  actions to support national, regional or local laboratories for the analysis of apiculture products, bee losses or productivity drops, and substances potentially toxic to bees;

Amendment    317

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  restocking of beehives in the Union;

(e)  actions to preserve or increase the existing number of bee populations;

Amendment    318

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  cooperation with specialised bodies for the implementation of research programs in the field of beekeeping and apiculture products;

(f)  cooperation with specialised bodies for the application of research and experimental programs in the field of beekeeping and apiculture products;

Amendment    319

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha)  investments in tangible and non-tangible assets;

Amendment    320

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hb)  actions to plan production, and adjust supply to demand;

Amendment    321

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hc)  prevention measures to address adverse climatic events;

Amendment    322

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hd)  actions for adaptation to climate change and adverse climatic events;

Amendment    323

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(he)  measures to promote cooperation between beekeepers and farmers, particularly with a view to reducing the impact of pesticide use;

Amendment    324

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h f (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hf)  energy saving, increased energy efficiency and ecological packaging;

Amendment    325

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h g (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hg)  reduction of waste production and better use and management of by-products and waste;

Amendment    326

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h h (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hh)  actions to improve pollination of the honey bees and their coexistence with wild pollinators, including by creating and maintaining favourable habitats;

Amendment    327

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h i (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hi)  actions to enhance genetic diversity;

Amendment    328

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h j (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hj)  measures to support young or new beekeepers.

Amendment    329

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The Union financial assistance to the interventions referred to in paragraph 2 shall be maximum 50% of the expenditure. The remaining part of the expenditure shall be borne by the Member States.

4.  The Union financial assistance to the interventions referred to in paragraph 2 shall be maximum 75% of the expenditure, with the exception of the outermost regions, where the ceiling shall be 85%. The remaining part of the expenditure shall be borne by the Member States.

Amendment    330

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  When drawing up their CAP Strategic Plans Member States shall seek the advice of the representatives of organisations in the beekeeping field.

5.  When drawing up their CAP Strategic Plans Member States shall seek the advice of the representatives of organisations in the beekeeping field and the competent authorities.

Amendment    331

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  Member States shall notify the Commission annually of the number of beehives in their territory.

6.  Member States shall notify the Commission annually of the number of beehives and/or bee colonies in their territory.

Amendment    332

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6 a.  All the national programmes approved before … [the date of entry into force of this Regulation] shall be governed in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 until the date scheduled for their completion.

Amendment    333

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with requirements additional to those laid down in this Section concerning:

The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with requirements additional to those laid down in this Section concerning:

Amendment    334

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  the obligation of Member States to notify the Commission annually of the number of beehives in their territory laid down in Article 49(6);

(a)  the obligation of Member States to notify the Commission annually of the number of beehives and/or bee colonies in their territory laid down in Article 49(6);

Amendment    335

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  a definition of a beehive and methods for calculating the number of beehives;

(b)  a definition of a beehive and methods for calculating the number of beehives and bee colonies;

Amendment    336

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall pursue one or more of the following objectives in the wine sector:

In accordance with Articles 5 and 6, Member States shall pursue one or more of the following objectives in the wine sector:

Amendment    337

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  improve competitiveness of Union wine producers including contributing to improvement of sustainable production systems and reduction of environmental impact of the Union wine sector; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (b) to (f) and (h) of Article 6(1);

(a)  improve the economic sustainability and competitiveness of Union wine producers in line with points (a), (b) and (c) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    338

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to the improvement of sustainable production systems and the reduction of the environmental impact of the Union wine sector, including by supporting winegrowers in reducing the use of inputs and implementing more environmentally-sustainable methods and cultivation practices, as well as to preserve the diversity of traditional Union varietals; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    339

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  improve performance of Union wine enterprises and their adaptation to market demands, as well as increase their competitiveness as regards the production and marketing of grapevine products, including energy savings, global energy efficiency and sustainable processes; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), to (e), (g) and (h) of Article 6(1);

(b)  improve performance of Union wine enterprises and their adaptation to market demands, as well as increase their long-term competitiveness as regards the production and marketing of grapevine products, including energy savings, global energy efficiency and sustainable processes; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), to(e), (g) and (h) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    340

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca)  to improve the concentration of supply with a view to economic performance and sector structuring, in accordance with the objective set out in point (b) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    341

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  use of wine making by-products for industrial and energy purposes ensuring the quality of Union wine while protecting the environment; that objective relates to the specific objectives set out in points (d) and (e) of Article 6(1);

(f)  use of wine making by-products and residues for industrial and energy or agronomic purposes ensuring the quality of Union wine while protecting the environment; that objective relates to the specific objectives set out in points (d) and (e) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    342

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h)  improve competitiveness of Union grapevine products in third countries; that objective relates to the objectives set out in points (b) and (h) of Article 6(1);

(h)  improve competitiveness of Union grapevine products in third countries, including the opening, diversification and consolidation of the wine markets; that objective relates to the objectives set out in points (b) and (h) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    343

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1 – point i a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ia)  ensure the economic sustainability and profitability of viticulture in areas with significant natural constraints, steep areas and less developed areas in accordance with the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b) and (h) of Article 6(1).

Amendment    344

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  restructuring and conversion of vineyards, including replanting of vineyards where that is necessary following mandatory grubbing up for health or phytosanitary reasons on the instruction of the Member State competent authority, but excluding the normal renewal of vineyards consisting of replanting of the same parcel of land with the same grape variety according to the same system of vine cultivation, when vines have to come to the end of their natural life;

(a)  restructuring and conversion of vineyards, including replanting of vineyards where that is necessary following mandatory grubbing up for health or phytosanitary reasons on the instruction of the Member State competent authority, or following voluntary grubbing up for replanting for reasons of adaptation to climate change and for the enhancement of genetic diversity, but excluding the normal renewal of vineyards consisting of replanting of the same parcel of land with the same grape variety according to the same system of vine cultivation, when vines have to come to the end of their natural life;

Amendment    345

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  planting of vines on land granted under the scheme of authorisations set out in Section 1, Chapter 3 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, in traditional wine-making areas at risk of disappearance, to be defined by the Member States, as a measure to protect wine-making diversity;

Amendment    346

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab)  research and experimental production and other measures, in particular in the fields of conservation, study and enhancement of inter-varietal and intra-varietal variability of European vine varieties and activities to promote their economic use;

Amendment    347

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point a c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ac)  actions to reduce the use of pesticides;

Amendment    348

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point a d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ad)  actions to reduce the risk taking for winegrowers who undertake to radically change their practices and their system of products to produce in a more sustainable way, including adding structural and biological diversity;

Amendment    349

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  tangible and intangible investments in processing facilities and winery infrastructure, as well as marketing structures and tools;

(b)  tangible and intangible investments in wine-growing holdings, including in steep and terrace areas, with the exception of operations falling under the type of intervention described in point (a) of Article 52(1), and in processing facilities and winery infrastructure, as well as marketing structures and tools; such investments may aim at the protection of vineyards against climatic hazards and the adaptation of holdings to new Union legal requirements;

Amendment    350

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  harvest insurance against income losses as a consequence of adverse climatic events assimilated to natural disasters, adverse climatic events, animals, plant diseases or pest infestations;

(d)  harvest insurance against income losses as a consequence of adverse climatic events assimilated to natural disasters, adverse climatic events, animals, plant diseases or pest infestations, while ensuring that beneficiaries take necessary risk prevention measures.

Amendment    351

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  tangible and intangible investments in innovation consisting of development of innovative products and by-products of wine making, processes and technologies, other investments adding value at any stage of the supply chain, including for knowledge exchange;

(e)  tangible and intangible investments in digitalisation and innovation consisting of development of innovative products and technological processes, connected with the products referred to in Part II of Annex VII to Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 or with by-products of wine making, processes and technologies, other investments adding value at any stage of the supply chain, including for knowledge exchange, and/or contributing to adaptation to climate change;

Amendment    352

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point f a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa)  tangible and intangible investments in installations and procedures for methanisation and the composting of the residues of vinification;

Amendment    353

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g)  information actions concerning Union wines carried out in Member States encouraging responsible consumption of wine or promoting Union quality schemes covering designations of origin and geographical indications;

(g)  information actions concerning Union wines carried out in Member States encouraging responsible consumption of wine;

Amendment    354

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point g a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ga)  actions aiming at improving market knowledge, such as economic and regulatory studies on existing markets, as well as actions to promote wine tourism, to enhance the reputation of European vineyards;

Amendment    355

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point h – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h)  promotion carried out in third countries, consisting of one or more of the following:

(h)  promotion and communication carried out in third countries, consisting of one or more of the following actions and activities aimed at improving the competitiveness of the wine sector, and the opening, diversification or consolidation of the markets:

Amendment    356

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point h – point iv

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iv)  studies of new markets, necessary for the expansion of market outlets;

(iv)  studies of new or existing markets, necessary for the expansion and consolidation of market outlets;

Amendment    357

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point h – point vi

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(vi)  preparation of technical files, including laboratory tests and assessments, concerning oenological practices, phytosanitary and hygiene rules, as well as other third country requirements for import of products of the wine sector, to facilitate access to third country markets;

(vi)  preparation of technical files, including laboratory tests and assessments, concerning oenological practices, phytosanitary and hygiene rules, as well as other third country requirements for import of products of the wine sector, to prevent restriction of, or to enable access to third country markets;

Amendment    358

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point i a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ia)  actions to improve use and management of water;

Amendment    359

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point i b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ib)  organic production;

Amendment    360

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point i c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ic)  integrated production;

Amendment    361

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point i d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(id)  precision or digitised production;

Amendment    362

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point i e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ie)  soil conservation and enhancement of soil carbon;

Amendment    363

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point i f (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(if)  creation or preservation of habitats favourable for biodiversity or for maintaining landscape, including the conservation of its historical features;

Amendment    364

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point i g (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ig)  improving resilience to grapevine pests and diseases;

Amendment    365

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point i h (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ih)  reducing waste production and improving waste management.

Amendment    366

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The promotion measures referred to in point (h) of the first subparagraph shall apply only to wines with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication or wines with an indication of the wine grape variety.

Amendment    367

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Member States shall substantiate in their CAP Strategic Plans their choice of objectives and the types of intervention in the wine sector. Within the chosen types of intervention, they shall define interventions.

2.  The Member States shall substantiate in their CAP Strategic Plans their choice of objectives and the types of intervention in the wine sector. Within the chosen types of intervention, they shall define interventions. Member States may lay down specific provisions for the information and promotion actions by the management bodies of the protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications, on behalf of all the enterprises concerned, particularly with regard to the maximum length of the actions.

Amendment    368

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Union financial assistance for restructuring and conversion of vineyards referred to in point (a) of Article 52(1) shall not exceed 50% of the actual costs of restructuring and conversion of vineyards or 75% of the actual costs of restructuring and conversion of vineyards in less developed regions.

The Union financial assistance for restructuring and conversion of vineyards referred to in point (a) of Article 52(1) shall not exceed 50% of the actual costs of voluntary restructuring and conversion of vineyards or 75% of the actual costs of mandatory restructuring and conversion of vineyards.

Amendment    369

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  50% of eligible investment costs in less developed regions;

(a)  50% of eligible investment costs in less developed regions , vineyards on steep slopes and in the island regions other than those referred to in points (c) and (d) of this paragraph;

Amendment    370

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  75% of eligible investment costs in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU;

(c)  85 % of eligible investment costs in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU;

Amendment    371

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  The Union financial assistance for the objectives referred to in points (aa), (ab), (ac), (fa), (j), (k), (l), (m), (n), (o), (p), and (q) of Article 52(1) shall not exceed 50% of the direct or eligible costs.

Amendment    372

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  50% of eligible investment costs in less developed regions;

(a)  50% of eligible investment costs in less developed regions , vineyards on steep slopes and in island regions other than those mentioned in points (c) and (d) of this paragraph;

Amendment    373

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  75% of eligible investment costs in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU;

(c)  85 % of eligible investment costs in the outermost regions referred to in paragraph 1 of Article 349 TFEU;

Amendment    374

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Union financial assistance at its maximum rate, referred to in the first subparagraph shall apply only to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises within the meaning of Recommendation 2003/361/EC; however, it may, apply to all enterprises in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU and the smaller Aegean islands as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 229/2013.

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Amendment    375

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

For enterprises not covered by Article 2(1) of Title I of the Annex to Recommendation 2003/361/EC, with fewer than 750 employees, or with turnover of less than EUR 200 million, the maximum aid limit referred to in the first subparagraph shall be halved.

The maximum limits laid down in the first subparagraph may be reduced for investments made by enterprises other than micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises. However, it may apply to all enterprises in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU and the smaller Aegean islands as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 229/2013.

Amendment    376

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  The Union financial assistance for information actions and promotion referred to in points (g) and (h) of Article 52(1) shall not exceed 50% of eligible expenditure.

6.  The Union financial assistance for information actions and promotion referred to in points (g) and (h) of Article 52(1) shall not exceed 50% of eligible expenditure. Member States may stablished a differentiation according to the size of the enterprises, with the aim of maximising the support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Amendment    377

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The Member States concerned shall set in their CAP Strategic Plans a minimum percentage of expenditure for actions aimed at protection of the environment, adaption to climate change, improving sustainability of production systems and processes, reduction of environmental impact of the Union wine sector, energy savings and improving global energy efficiency in the wine sector.

4.  The Member States concerned shall ensure in their CAP Strategic Plans that at least 5% of the expenditure is earmarked or at least one action is adopted to meet the objectives in favor of protection of the environment, adaption to climate change, improving sustainability of production systems and processes, reduction of environmental impact of the Union wine sector, energy savings and improving global energy efficiency in the wine sector, in line with the objectives laid down in points (aa), (b) and (f) of Article 51.

Amendment    378

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a.  All the programmes approved before … [the date of entry into force of this Regulation] shall be governed in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 until the date scheduled for their completion.

Amendment    379

Proposal for a regulation

Article 55 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Member State referred to in Article 82(3) shall define in its CAP Strategic Plan one or more of the types of intervention referred to in Article 60 to pursue the objectives chosen as laid down in paragraph 1. Within the chosen types of intervention they shall define interventions. The Member State referred to in Article 82(3) shall substantiate in its CAP Strategic Plan the choice of objectives, types of intervention and interventions to meet those objectives.

2.  The Member State referred to in Article 82(3) shall define in its CAP Strategic Plan one or more of the types of intervention referred to in Article 60 to pursue the objectives chosen as laid down in paragraph 1. Within the chosen types of intervention they shall define interventions. The Member State referred to in Article 82(3) shall substantiate in its CAP Strategic Plan the choice of objectives, types of intervention and interventions to meet those objectives, but shall not be obliged to complete the ex-ante evaluation report or Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report referred to in Article 103(1), nor shall it be obliged to complete the SWOT analysis referred to in 103(2).

Amendment    380

Proposal for a regulation

Article 56 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  reduction of environmental impact of and contribution to climate action through olive cultivation; that objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (d) and (e) of Article 6(1);

(c)  reduction of environmental impact of and contribution to climate action, adaptation and mitigation of climate change through olive cultivation; that objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (d) and (e) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    381

Proposal for a regulation

Article 56 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  improvement of quality of olive oil and table olives; that objective relate to the specific objective set out in point (f) of Article 6(1);

(d)  improvement of quality of olive oil and table olives; that objective relate to the specific objective set out in points (b) and (f) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    382

Proposal for a regulation

Article 56 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  crisis prevention and management, aimed at improving pest resilience, avoiding and dealing with crises in the olive oil and table olives markets; that objective relate to the specific objective set out in point (h) of Article 6(1).

(f)  crisis prevention and management, aimed at improving pest resilience, avoiding and dealing with crises in the olive oil and table olives markets, including the improvement of prevention and resilience to pests; that objective relate to the specific objective set out in points (a), (b) and (c) of Article 6(1).

Amendment    383

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  To pursue the objectives referred to in Article 56, the Member States referred to in Article 82(4) shall choose in their CAP Strategic Plans one or more of the types of interventions referred to in Article 60. Within the chosen types of intervention, they shall define interventions.

1.  To pursue the objectives referred to in Article 56, the Member States referred to in Article 82(4) shall choose in their CAP Strategic Plans one or more of the types of interventions referred to in Article 60, to be defined at the level of the Member State. Within the chosen types of intervention, they shall define interventions.

Amendment    384

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The interventions defined by the Member States referred to in Article 82(4) shall be implemented through approved operational programs of producer organisations and/or associations of producer organisations recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013. For this purpose Articles 61 and 62 of this Regulation shall apply.

2.  The interventions defined by the Member States referred to in Article 82(4) shall be implemented through approved operational programs of producer organisations and/or associations of producer organisations and/or interbranch organisations recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013. For this purpose Articles 61 and 62 of this Regulation shall apply.

Amendment    385

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  By way of derogation from paragraph 2, Member States referred to in Article 82(4) may entrust the implementation of operational programmes to interbranch organisations recognised under Article 157 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, if such organisations already have a similar programme in place under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.

Amendment    386

Proposal for a regulation

Article 58 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  75% of the actual expenditure incurred for the types of intervention referred to in points (f) and (h) of Article 60(1) where the operational program is implemented in at least three third countries or non-producing Member States by producer organisations from at least two producing Member States, 50% of the actual expenditure where for this type of intervention this condition is not met.

(d)  85% of the actual expenditure incurred for the types of intervention referred to in points (f) and (h) of Article 60(1) where the operational program is implemented in at least three third countries or non-producing Member States by producer organisations or associations of producer organisations from at least two producing Member States, 50% of the actual expenditure where for this type of intervention this condition is not met.

Amendment    387

Proposal for a regulation

Article 58 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  In the case of island regions the percentages referred to in points (a) to (d) shall be increased by 10 %.

Amendment    388

Proposal for a regulation

Article 58 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States shall ensure complementary financing up to 50% of the costs not covered by the Union financial assistance.

deleted

Amendment    389

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Member States shall pursue one or more of the following objectives in the other sectors referred to in point (f) of Article 39:

In accordance with Articles 5 and 6, the Member States shall pursue one or more of the following objectives in the other sectors referred to in point (f) of Article 39:

Amendment    390

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  planning of production, adjusting production to demand, particularly in terms of quality and quantity, optimisation of production costs and returns on investments and stabilising producer prices; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b), (c) and (i) of Article 6(1);

(a)  planning of production, adjusting production to demand, particularly in terms of quality, quantity and diversity, optimisation of production costs and returns on investments and stabilising producer prices; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b), (c) and (i) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    391

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  concentration of supply and placing on the market of the products concerned; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a) and (c) of Article 6(1);

(b)  concentration of supply and placing on the market of the products concerned, and promoting the collective negotiation of contracts; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a) and (c) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    392

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  research and development of sustainable production methods, including pest resilience, innovative practices and production techniques boosting economic competitiveness and bolstering market developments; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (c) and (i) of Article 6(1);

(c)  application, research and development of sustainable production methods, including pest and animal disease resistance and climate resilience, genetic diversity, soil protection, improvement of biosecurity and reduction of antimicrobial substances, as well as innovative practices and production techniques boosting long-term economic competitiveness and bolstering market developments; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (i) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    393

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  promoting, developing and implementing methods of production respectful of the environment, of animal welfare standards, pest resilient and environmentally sound cultivation practices, production techniques and production methods, environmentally sound use and management of by-products and waste, sustainable use of natural resources in particular protection of water, soil and other natural resources; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (e) and (f) of Article 6(1);

(d)  promoting, developing and implementing methods of production respectful of the environment, of animal welfare standards, pest resilient and environmentally sound cultivation practices, animal disease resistance, production techniques and production methods, environmentally sound use and management of by-products and waste, sustainable use of natural resources in particular protection of water, soil and other natural resources; reduction of emissions and increased energy efficiency; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (e) and (f) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    394

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as set out in point (d) of Article 6(1);

(e)  contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the prevention and management of tropical and zoonotic diseases, as set out in point (d) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    395

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  boosting products' commercial value and quality, including improving product quality and developing products with a protected designation of origin, with a protected geographical indication or covered by a national quality schemes; those objectives relate to the specific objective set out in point (b) of Article 6(1);

(f)  boosting products' commercial value and quality, including improving product quality and market segmentation and developing products with a protected designation of origin, with a protected geographical indication or covered by a national quality schemes; those objectives relate to the specific objective set out in point (b) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    396

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g)  promotion and marketing of the products of one or more sectors referred to in point (f) of Article 40; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (b) and (c) of Article 6(1);

(g)  promotion and marketing of the products of one or more sectors referred to in point (f) of Article 39; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (b) and (c) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    397

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h)  crisis prevention and risk management, aimed at avoiding and dealing with crises in the markets within one or more sectors referred to in point (f) of Article 39; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b) and (c). Article 6(1).

(h)  crisis prevention and risk mitigation and management, aimed at avoiding and dealing with crises in the markets within one or more sectors referred to in point (f) of Article 39; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (a), (b) and (c). Article 6(1);

Amendment    398

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha)  prevention of attacks on livestock by predator species;

Amendment    399

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1 – point h b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hb)  contributing to the Union strategy for the promotion of protein crops, in particular fodder and legumes.

Amendment    400

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  As regards the objectives referred to in points (a) to (g) of Article 59 Member States shall choose in their CAP Strategic Plans one or more of the following types of intervention:

1.  As regards the objectives referred to in points (a) to (f) of Article 56 and points (a) to (g) of Article 59 Member States shall choose in their CAP Strategic Plans one or more of the following types of intervention:

Amendment    401

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  soil conservation, including the enhancement of soil carbon;

(i)  soil conservation, including prevention of soil degradation and the enhancement of soil carbon sequestration;

Amendment    402

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii)  improvement of the use of and management of water, including water saving and drainage;

(ii)  improvement of the use of and sound management of water, including water saving and drainage, contributing to a good status of water basins;

Amendment    403

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iv

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iv)  energy saving and energy efficiency increase;

(iv)  energy saving and energy efficiency increase, including the use of renewable energy sources, such as the sustainable use of agricultural residues;

Amendment    404

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iv a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iv a)  reduction of polluting gases and greenhouse gases;

Amendment    405

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point v

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(v)  ecological packaging;

(v)  ecological packaging and reduction of packaging waste;

Amendment    406

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point vi

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(vi)  animal health and welfare;

(vi)  biosecurity, animal health protection and welfare;

Amendment    407

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point vii a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(viia)  prevention and management of tropical and zoonotic disease;

Amendment    408

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point viii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(viii)  improving pest resilience;

(viii)  improving resilience to pests through management practices and combating animal disease;

Amendment    409

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point ix

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ix)  reducing risks and impacts of pesticide use;

(ix)  reducing risks and impacts and dependency of pesticide use;

Amendment    410

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point x

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(x)  creating and maintaining habitats favourable to biodiversity;

(x)  creating and maintaining habitats favourable to biodiversity, and promoting local varieties;

Amendment    411

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point x a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(xa)  reduction in the use of antimicrobial substances;

Amendment    412

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point x b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(xb)  improving the conditions for growing, harvesting and delivering of production;

Amendment    413

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point x c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(xc)  market monitoring, knowledge and surveillance actions;

Amendment    414

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a – point x d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(xd)  prevention of attacks on livestock by predators species.

Amendment    415

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  advisory services and technical assistance, in particular regarding climate change adaptation and mitigation;

(b)  advisory services and technical assistance, in particular regarding biodiversity climate change adaptation and mitigation, combating and improving resilience to pests and animal diseases, as well as the enhancement of the quality of the product;

Amendment    416

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  integrated production;

Amendment    417

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  actions to increase the sustainability and efficiency of transport and of storage of products of one or more of the sectors referred to in point (f) of Article 40;

(e)  actions to increase the sustainability and efficiency of transport and of storage of products of one or more of the sectors referred to in point (f) of Article 39;

Amendment    418

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h)  implementation of traceability and certification systems, in particular the monitoring of the quality of products sold to final consumers.

(h)  implementation of traceability along the entire production chain and certification systems, in particular the monitoring of the quality of products sold to final consumers, including the traceability of the origin of olives and the oil at the various stages of the production chain, as well as information of production methods;

Amendment    419

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha)  implementation of third country phytosanitary and veterinary protocols.

Amendment    420

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  As regards the objective referred to in point (h) of Article 59, Member States shall choose in their CAP Strategic Plans one or more of the following types of intervention:

2.  As regards the objective referred to in point (f) or Article 56 and in point (h) of Article 59, Member States shall choose in their CAP Strategic Plans one or more of the following types of intervention:

Amendment    421

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  investments in tangible and non-tangible assets making the management of the volumes placed on the market more efficient;

(b)  investments in tangible and non-tangible assets making the management of the volumes placed on the market more efficient and better adjustment to supply and demand;

Amendment    422

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  collective storage of products produced by the producer organisation or by members of the producer organisation;

(c)  collective storage of products produced by the producer organisation or by members of the producer organisation , as well as treatment of products to facilitate their storage;

Amendment    423

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  replanting of orchards where that is necessary following mandatory grubbing up for health or phytosanitary reasons on the instruction of the Member State competent authority or to adapt to climate change;

(d)  replanting of orchards or olive groves where that is necessary following mandatory grubbing up for health or phytosanitary reasons on the instruction of the Member State competent authority or to adapt to climate change;

Amendment    424

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 2 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  support measures for animal health and welfare;

Amendment    425

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 2 – point d b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(db)  restocking with livestock after compulsory slaughter for health reasons or because of losses resulting from natural disasters;

Amendment    426

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 2 – point d c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(dc)  improving genetic resources;

Amendment    427

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 2 – point d d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(dd)  extension of the compulsory sanitary break at holdings resulting from an animal disease crisis;

Amendment    428

Proposal for a regulation

Article 61 – paragraph 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7.  Member States shall ensure that the interventions linked to objective referred to in point (h) of Article 59 do not exceed one third of the total expenditure under operational programs of producer organisations or associations of producer organisations.

7.  Member States shall ensure that the interventions linked to objective referred to in point (h) of Article 59 do not exceed 50% of the total expenditure under operational programs of producer organisations or associations of producer organisations.

Amendment    429

Proposal for a regulation

Article 62 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Operational funds

Operational funds by producers organisations

Amendment    430

Proposal for a regulation

Article 63 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.  The 50% limit provided for in paragraph 1 shall be increased to 60% for producer organisations or associations of producer organisations recognised under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 for the first five years after the year of recognition, and for producer organisations operating exclusively in areas with natural constraints.

Amendment    431

Proposal for a regulation

Article 64 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  environmental, climate and other management commitments;

(a)  agri-environmental sustainability, climate mitigation and adaption measures and other management commitments;

Amendment    432

Proposal for a regulation

Article 64 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e)  installation of young farmers and rural business start-up;

(e)  installation of young farmers, new farmers and sustainable rural business start-up and development;

Amendment    433

Proposal for a regulation

Article 64 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(e a)  women in rural areas;

Amendment    434

Proposal for a regulation

Article 64 – paragraph 1 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h)  knowledge exchange and information;

(h)  knowledge exchange and information; and

Amendment    435

Proposal for a regulation

Article 64 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha)  installation of digital technologies;

Amendment    436

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Environmental, climate and other management commitments

Agri-environmental sustainability, climate mitigation and adaption measures and other management commitments

Amendment    437

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States may grant payments for environmental, climate and other management commitments under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

1.  Member States may grant payments for agri-environmental sustainable practices, climate mitigation and adaption, including the natural risks prevention, and other management commitments, such as forestry, protection and improvement of genetic resources, and animal health and welfare, under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

Amendment    438

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States may make support under this type of interventions available throughout their territories, in accordance with their national, regional or local specific needs.

3.  Member States shall make support under this type of interventions available throughout their territories, in accordance with their national, regional or local specific needs. That support shall be limited to maximum amounts laid down in Annex IXa a.

Amendment    439

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  Member States shall only grant payments to farmers and other beneficiaries who undertake, on a voluntary basis, management commitments which are considered to be beneficial to achieving the specific objectives set out in Article 6(1).

4.  Member States shall only grant payments to farmers, groups of farmers and other land-managers who undertake, on a voluntary basis, management commitments, such as the appropriate protection of wetland and organic soil, which are considered to be beneficial to achieving the relevant specific objectives set out in Article 6(1). Priority may be given to schemes which are specifically targeted towards addressing local environmental conditions and needs and contribute, where appropriate, to the achievement of the objectives set out in the legislation listed in Annex XI.

Amendment    440

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 5 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  go beyond the minimum requirements for the use of fertiliser and plant protection products, animal welfare, as well as other mandatory requirements established by national and Union law;

(b)  go beyond the relevant minimum requirements for the use of fertiliser and plant protection products, animal welfare, prevention of antimicrobial resistance, as well as other relevant mandatory requirements established by Union law;

Amendment    441

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 5 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  are different from commitments in respect of which payments are granted under Article 28.

(d)  are different or are complementary to commitments in respect of which payments are granted under Article 28, while ensuring that there is no double-funding.

Amendment    442

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  Member States shall compensate beneficiaries for costs incurred and income foregone resulting from the commitments made. Where necessary, they may also cover transaction costs. In duly justified cases, Member States may grant support as a flat-rate or as a one- off payment per unit. Payments shall be granted annually.

6.  Member States shall compensate beneficiaries for costs incurred and income foregone resulting from the commitments made. Member States shall also provide a financial incentive to beneficiaries and, where necessary, they may also cover transaction costs. In duly justified cases, Member States may grant support as a flat-rate or as a one- off payment per unit, or per animal, beehive or other identified unit. Payments shall be granted annually.

Amendment    443

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6 a.  The level of payments shall vary according to the level of ambition of sustainability of each practice or set of practices, based on non-discriminatory criteria, in order to offer an effective incentive for participation. Member States may also differentiate payments in accordance with the nature of the restrictions affecting agricultural activities as a result of the commitments made, and in line with different farming systems.

Amendment    444

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7.  Member States may promote and support collective schemes and result-based payments schemes to encourage farmers to deliver a significant enhancement of the quality of the environment at a larger scale and in a measurable way.

7.  Member States may promote and support voluntary collective schemes, and a combination of management commitments in the form of locally-led schemes, and result-based payments schemes, including through a territorial approach, to encourage farmers and groups of farmers to deliver a significant enhancement of the quality of the environment at a larger scale and in a measurable way. They shall put in place all the means necessary in terms of advice, training and knowledge transfer to assist farmers who change their production systems.

Amendment    445

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

8.  Commitments shall be undertaken for a period of five to seven years. However, where necessary in order to achieve or maintain certain environmental benefits sought, Member States may determine a longer period in the CAP Strategic Plan for particular types of commitments, including by means of providing for their annual extension after the termination of the initial period. In exceptional and duly justified cases, and for new commitments directly following the commitment performed in the initial period, Member States may determine a shorter period in their CAP Strategic Plans.

8.  Commitments shall be usually undertaken for a period of five to seven years. However, where necessary in order to achieve or maintain certain environmental benefits sought, including by taking into account the long-term nature of forestry, Member States may determine a longer period in the CAP Strategic Plan for particular types of commitments, including by means of providing for their annual extension after the termination of the initial period. In duly justified cases, and for new commitments directly following the commitment performed in the initial period, Member States may determine a shorter period in their CAP Strategic Plans.

Amendment    446

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

9.  Where support under this type of interventions is granted to agri-environment-climate commitments, commitments to convert to or maintain organic farming practices and methods as defined in Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 and forest environmental and climate services, Member States shall establish a payment per hectare.

9.  Where support under this type of interventions is granted to agri-environment-climate commitments, including commitments to convert to or maintain organic farming practices and methods as defined in Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, Integrated Pest Management, protection of agroforestry systems, and forest environmental and climate services, Member States shall establish a payment per hectare.

Amendment    447

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

10.  Member States shall ensure that persons carrying out operations under this type of interventions have access to the knowledge and information required to implement such operations.

10.  Member States shall ensure that persons carrying out operations under this type of interventions have the relevant knowledge and information required to implement such operations, and that appropriate training is made available for those who require it, as well as access to expertise in order to assist farmers who commit to change their production systems.

Amendment    448

Proposal for a regulation

Article 66 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States may grant payments for natural or other area-specific constraints under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans with the view of contributing to the achievement of the specific objectives set out in Article 6(1).

1.  Member States may grant payments for natural or other area-specific constraints, including mountain areas and island regions under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans with the view of contributing to the achievement of the relevant specific objectives set out in Article 6(1).

Amendment    449

Proposal for a regulation

Article 66 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  These payments shall be granted to genuine farmers in respect of areas designated pursuant to Article 32 of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013.

2.  These payments shall be granted to active farmers in respect of areas designated, pursuant to Article 32 of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013, as well as areas affected by war in the Republic of Croatia.

Amendment    450

Proposal for a regulation

Article 66 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  In the case of a legal person, or a group of natural or legal persons, Member States may apply the support at the level of the members of those legal persons or groups where national law provides for the individual members to assume rights and obligations comparable to those of individual farmers who have the status of a head of holding, in particular as regards their economic, social and tax status, provided that they have contributed to strengthening the agricultural structures of the legal persons or groups concerned.

Amendment    451

Proposal for a regulation

Article 66 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States may only grant payments under this type of interventions in order to compensate beneficiaries for all or part of the additional costs and income foregone related to the natural or other area-specific constraints in the area concerned.

3.  Member States may only grant payments under this type of interventions in order to compensate beneficiaries for all or part of the additional costs and income foregone related to the natural or other area-specific constraints in the area concerned. They may also provide a financial incentive to beneficiaries to continue farming in these areas. The amount of support may be adjusted to take into account the severity of the natural constraints affecting agricultural activity and the agricultural system. The payments may also, where relevant, take into account socio-economic and environmental factors. Member States shall ensure that the calculations are adequate, accurate and established in advance on the basis of a fair calculation method.

Amendment    452

Proposal for a regulation

Article 66 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  Payments shall be granted annually per hectare of area.

5.  Payments shall be granted annually per hectare of area and shall be limited to the minimum and maximum amounts laid down in Annex IXa a.

Amendment    453

Proposal for a regulation

Article 67 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States may grant payments for area-specific disadvantages imposed by requirements resulting from the implementation of Directives 92/43/EEC and 2009/147/EC or Directive 2000/60/EC under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans with the view of contributing to the achievement of the specific objectives set out in Article 6(1).

1.  Member States may grant payments for area-specific disadvantages imposed by requirements resulting from the implementation of Directives 92/43/EEC and 2009/147/EC or Directive 2000/60/EC under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans with the view of contributing to the achievement of the relevant specific objectives set out in Article 6(1).

Amendment    454

Proposal for a regulation

Article 67 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  These payments may be granted to farmers, forest holders and other land managers in respect of areas with disadvantages referred to in paragraph 1.

2.  These payments may be granted to farmers, groups of farmers, forest owners and groups of forest owners. In duly justified cases, they may also be granted to other land managers.

Amendment    455

Proposal for a regulation

Article 67 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  In the case of a legal person, or a group of natural or legal persons, Member States may apply the support at the level of the members of those legal persons or groups where national law provides for the individual members to assume rights and obligations comparable to those of individual farmers who have the status of a head of holding, in particular as regards their economic, social and tax status, provided that they have contributed to strengthening the agricultural structures of the legal persons or groups concerned.

Amendment    456

Proposal for a regulation

Article 67 – paragraph 5 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  in respect of constraints arising from Directive 2000/60/EC, in relation to disadvantages resulting from requirements that go beyond the relevant statutory management requirements, with the exception of SMR 2 as referred to in Annex III, and standards of good agricultural and environmental condition established under Section 2 of Chapter I of this Title as well as the conditions established for the maintenance of the agricultural area in accordance with point (a) of Article 4(1) of this Regulation.

(b)  in respect of constraints arising from Directive 2000/60/EC, in relation to disadvantages resulting from requirements that go beyond the relevant statutory management requirements, with the exception of SMR 1 as referred to in Annex III, and standards of good agricultural and environmental condition established under Section 2 of Chapter I of this Title as well as the conditions established for the maintenance of the agricultural area in accordance with point (a) of Article 4(1) of this Regulation.

Amendment    457

Proposal for a regulation

Article 67 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  Payments shall be granted annually per hectare of area.

6.  Payments shall be granted annually per hectare of area and shall be limited to the maximum amounts laid down in Annex IXa a.

Amendment    458

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.  In order to be eligible for EAFRD support, investment operations shall be preceded by an assessment of the expected environmental impact in accordance with law specific to that kind of investment where the investment is likely to have negative effects on the environment.

Amendment    459

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Member States may only grant support under this type of interventions for tangible and/or intangible investments, which contribute to achieving the specific objectives set out in Article 6. Support to the forestry sector shall be based on a forest management plan or equivalent instrument.

2.  Member States may only grant support under this type of interventions for tangible and/or intangible investments, including in collective form, which contribute to achieving the relevant specific objectives set out in Article 6. Support to the forestry sector shall be based on a forest management plan which includes the requirement of planting species adapted to local ecosystems, or equivalent instrument in the case of holdings above a certain size to be determined by the Member Sate.

Amendment    460

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  Member States may establish a priority for investments made by young farmers under this Article.

Amendment    461

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  purchase of animals, annual plants and their planting other than for the purpose of restoring agricultural or forestry potential following natural disaster and catastrophic events;

(d)  purchase of animals, except those used instead of machines for landscape conservation and for protection against large predators.

Amendment    462

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  purchase of annual plants and their planting other than for the purpose of restoring agricultural or forestry potential following natural disaster and catastrophic events;

Amendment    463

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  investments in irrigation which are not consistent with the achievement of good status of water bodies, as laid down in Article 4(1) of Directive 2000/60/EC, including expansion of irrigation affecting water bodies whose status has been defined as less than good in the relevant river basin management plan;

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Amendment    464

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g)  investments in large infrastructures not being part of local development strategies;

(g)  investments in large infrastructures not being part of local development strategies. Member States may also provide for specific derogations for investments in broadband when clear criteria ensuring complementarity with support under other Union instruments is provided;

Amendment    465

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha)  investments which are not consistent with animal health and welfare legislation or with Directive 91/676/EEC.

Amendment    466

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point h b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hb)  investments in bioenergy production that are not consistent with the sustainability criteria of the Renewable Energy Directive.

Amendment    467

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

By way of derogation from points (a) to (h) of the first subparagraph, Member States may provide for derogations in island regions, included outermost regions, to tackle disadvantages linked to insularity and remoteness.

Amendment    468

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall limit the support to the maximum rate of 75% of the eligible costs.

Member States shall limit the support to the maximum rate of the eligible costs laid down in Annex IXa a.

Amendment    469

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  afforestation and non-productive investments linked to the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1);

(a)  afforestation, establishment of agroforestry systems and non-productive investments, including land consolidation, linked to the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives set out in points(d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    470

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  investments in the restoration of agricultural or forestry potential following natural disasters or catastrophic events and investments in appropriate preventive actions in forests and in the rural environment.

(c)  investments in the restoration of agricultural or forestry potential damaged following fires and other natural disasters or catastrophic events, including storms, floods, pests and disease, as well as restoring of forests through demining, and investments in appropriate preventive actions in forests and in the rural environment, as well as investments in maintaining the health of forests;

Amendment    471

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca)  investments in innovative production techniques and systems simultaneously contributing to the objectives referred to in points (a), (b), (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1);

Amendment    472

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point c b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(cb)  investments for protecting herds against predators;

Amendment    473

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point c c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(cc)  investments in outermost regions and areas with natural constraints, including mountain and island regions;

Amendment    474

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point c d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(cd)  investments linked to animal welfare.

Amendment    475

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 68a

 

Investments in irrigation

 

1.   Without prejudice to Article 68 of this Regulation, in the case of irrigation in new and existing irrigated areas and drained areas, only investments that fulfil the conditions laid down in this Article shall be considered as eligible expenditure.

 

2.   A river basin managementplan, as required under the terms of Directive 2000/60/EC shall have been notified to the Commission for the entire area in which the investment is to take place, as well as in any other areas whose environment may be affected by the investment. The measures taking effect under the river basin management plan in accordance with Article 11 of that Directive and of relevance to the agricultural sector shall have been specified in the relevant programme of measures.

 

3.   Water metering enabling measurement of water use at the level of the supported investment shall be in place or shall be put in place as part of the investment.

 

4.   An investment in an improvement to an existing irrigation installation or element of irrigation infrastructure shall be eligible only if it is assessed ex ante as offering potential water savings of a minimum of between 5% and 25% according to the technical parameters of the existing installation or infrastructure.

 

If the investment affects bodies of ground- or surface water whose status has been identified as less than good in the relevant river basin management plan only for reasons of water quantity:

 

(a)   the investment shall ensure an effective reduction in water use, at the level of the investment, amounting to at least 50% of the potential water saving made possible by the investment;

 

(b)   in the case of an investment on a single agricultural holding, it shall also result in a reduction to the holding's total water use amounting to at least 50 % of the potential water saving made possible at the level of the investment. The total water use of the holding shall include water sold by the holding.

 

None of the conditions in paragraph 4 shall apply to an investment in an existing installation which affects only energy efficiency or to an investment in the creation of a reservoir or to an investment in the use of recycled water which does not affect a body of ground or surface water.

 

5.   An investment resulting in a net increase of the irrigated area affecting a given body of ground or surface water shall be eligible only if:

 

(a)  the status of the water body has not been identified as less than good in the relevant river basin management plan only for reasons of water quantity; and

 

(b)   an ex-ante environmental analysis shows that there will be no significant negative environmental impact from the investment; such an environmental impact analysis shall be either carried out by or approved by the competent authority and may also refer to groups of holdings.

 

Areas which are not irrigated but in which an irrigation installation was active in the past, to be established and justified in the programme, may be considered as irrigated areas for the purpose of determining the net increase of the irrigated area.

 

6.   By way of derogation from point (a) of paragraph 5 investments resulting in a net increase in the irrigated area may still be eligible if:

 

(a)   the investment is combined with an investment in an existing irrigation installation or element of irrigation infrastructure assessed ex-ante as offering potential water savings of a minimum of between 5 % and 25 % according to the technical parameters of the existing installation or infrastructure and

 

(b)   the investment ensures an effective reduction in water use, at the level of the investment as a whole, amounting to at least 50% of the potential water saving made possible by the investment in the existing irrigation installation or element of infrastructure.

 

7.   Member States shall limit the support to the maximum rate of 75 % of the eligible costs. The maximum support rate may be increased for investments in outermost regions and areas with natural constraints, including mountain and island regions.

Amendment    476

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 68 b

 

Installation of digital technologies

 

1.   Without prejudice to Article 68 of this Regulation, Member States may grant support for the installation of digital technologies in rural areas under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans with a view to contributing to the cross-cutting objective set out in Article 5 and to the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

 

2.   Member States may grant support under this type of interventions to help the installation of digital technologies to support, inter alia, precision farming, Smart Villages rural enterprise as well as the development of ICT infrastructures at farm level.

 

3.   Member States shall limit the support for the installation of digital technologies to the maximum rate of the eligible costs laid down in Annex IXa a.

Amendment    477

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Installation of young farmers and rural business start-up

Installation of young farmers, new farmers, sustainable rural business start-up and development

Amendment    478

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States may grant support for the installation of young farmers and rural business start-up under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans with the view of contributing to the achievement of the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

1.  Member States may grant support for the installation of young farmers or their incorporation into existing farm businesses, new farmers, and rural business start-up and development, including for diversification of agricultural activities, under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans with the view of contributing to the achievement of the specific objectives set out in Article 6. Support under this Article shall be conditional on the presentation of a business plan.

Amendment    479

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Member States may only grant support under this type of interventions to help:

2.  Member States may only grant support under this Article to help:

Amendment    480

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 2 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  the installation of new farmers.

Amendment    481

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the start-up of rural business linked to agriculture and forestry or farm household income diversification;

(b)  the start-up and development of rural business linked to agriculture, forestry, bio economy, circular economy and agri-tourism, or income diversification;

Amendment    482

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  the business start-up of non-agricultural activities in rural areas being part of local development strategies.

(c)  the business start-up of non-agricultural activities in rural areas being part of local development strategies, by farmers diversifying their activities, as well as micro-enterprises and natural persons in rural areas.

Amendment    483

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  Member States may lay down specific provisions for to ensure that young farmers and new farmers who join groups of farmers, producer organisations or cooperative structures do not lose the setting up aid. Such provisions shall comply with the principle of proportionality and identify the participation of the young farmers and new farmers within the structure.

Amendment    484

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  Member States shall grant support in the form of lump sums. Support shall be limited to the maximum amount of EUR 100 000 and may be combined with financial instruments.

4.  Member States shall grant support in the form of lump sums, which may be differentiated in accordance with objective criteria. Support shall be limited to the maximum amount laid down in Annex IXa a and may be combined with financial instruments.

Amendment    485

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a.  Support pursuant to this Article may be granted in several tranches.

Amendment    486

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall grant support for risk management tools under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

1.  Member States may grant support for risk management tools, taking into account their needs and SWOT analyses, under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans. Member States shall ensure that this provision is not detrimental to private or public national risk management tools.

Amendment    487

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Member States shall grant support under this type of interventions in order to promote risk management tools, which help genuine farmers manage production and income risks related to their agricultural activity which are outside their control and which contribute to achieving the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

2.  Support under this type of interventions may be granted to promote risk management tools, which help active farmers manage production and income risks related to their agricultural activity which are outside their control and which contribute to achieving the relevant specific objectives set out in Article 6. These tools may consist of multi-risk management systems.

 

In addition, risk mitigation strategies shall be encouraged to increase farm resilience against natural and climate change-related risks and reduce exposure to income instability.

Amendment    488

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 3 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  financial contributions to premiums for insurance schemes;

(a)  financial contributions to premiums for insurance schemes, by covering losses caused by adverse climatic events, natural disasters or catastrophic events, by outbreaks of animal or plant disease, by an environmental incident, by contamination of organic crops, or by a measure adopted pursuant to Directive 2000/29/EC to eradicate or contain a plant disease or pest;

Amendment    489

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 3 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  financial contributions to mutual funds, including the administrative cost of setting up;

(b)  financial contributions to mutual funds, including the administrative cost of setting up, with a view to payment of financial compensation to farmers for losses caused by adverse climatic events, natural disasters or catastrophic events, by outbreaks of animal or plant disease, by an environmental incident, by contamination of organic crops, or by a measure adopted pursuant to Directive 2000/29/EC to eradicate or contain a plant disease or pest;

Amendment    490

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 3 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba)  financial contributions to an income stabilisation tool taking the form of a mutual fund and providing:

 

(i) compensation for farmers of all sectors in the event of a sharp fall in their income;

 

(ii) compensation for farmers of a specific sector in the event of a sharp fall in their income;

Amendment    491

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  Member States shall limit the financial contributions to mutual funds referred to in points (b) and (c) of paragraph 3 to the following elements:

 

(a) the administrative costs of setting up the mutual fund, spread over a maximum period of three years in a regressive manner;

 

(b) the amounts paid by the mutual fund as financial compensation to farmers. In addition, the financial contribution may relate to interest on commercial loans taken out by the mutual fund for the purpose of paying the financial compensation to farmers in case of crisis;

 

(c) supplementing the annual payments into the fund;

 

(d) the initial capital stock of the mutual fund.

Amendment    492

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  the types and coverage of eligible insurance schemes and mutual funds;

(a)  the types and coverage of eligible insurance schemes and mutual funds and income stabilisation tools;

Amendment    493

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 4 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the methodology for the calculation of losses and triggering factors for compensation;

(b)  the methodology for the calculation of losses and triggering factors for compensation, including by using biological, climate or economic indexes applied at the level of the holding, or at local, regional or national level;

Amendment    494

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  Member Sates shall limit the support to the maximum rate of 70% of the eligible costs.

6.  Member Sates shall limit the support to the maximum rate of the eligible costs laid down in Annex IXa a.

Amendment    495

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

7a.  Any Member States that introduce national risk management schemes or already have such schemes before … [the date of entry into force of this Regulation] may use the instruments set out in this Article to cover any risk types not covered by those schemes.

Amendment    496

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States may grant support for cooperation under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans to prepare and to implement Operational Group projects of the European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability as referred to in Article 114 and LEADER, referred to as community-led local development in Article 25 of Regulation (EU) [CPR], and to promote quality schemes, producer organisations or producer groups or other forms of cooperation.

1.  Member States may grant support for cooperation under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans to prepare and to implement Operational Group projects of the European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability as referred to in Article 114 and LEADER, referred to as community-led local development in Article 25 of Regulation (EU) [CPR], and to promote quality schemes, producer organisations or producer groups, or other forms of cooperation including those whose products are covered by Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012.

Amendment    497

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Member States may only grant support under this type of interventions to promote forms of cooperation which involves at least two entities and which contributes to achieving the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

2.  Member States may only grant support under this type of interventions to promote forms of cooperation and sustain existing ones which involves at least two entities, of which at least one is involved in agricultural production, and which contributes to achieving the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

Amendment    498

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  By way of derogation from paragraph 2, Member States may grant support from the EAFRD to Local Action Groups which implement a local development strategy contributing to achieving the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

Amendment    499

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States may cover under this type of interventions the costs related to all aspects of the cooperation.

3.  Member States may cover under this type of interventions the costs related to all necessary aspects of the cooperation, including certification costs relating to participation in an Union quality scheme.

Amendment    500

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The Member States may grant support intended to encourage quality schemes, producer organisations or producer groups or other forms of cooperation, in the form of a lump sum.

Amendment    501

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

8.  Member States shall limit support to a maximum of seven years except for collective environment and climate actions in duly justified cases to achieve the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1).

8.  Member States shall limit support to a maximum of seven years except for collective environment and climate actions in duly justified cases to achieve the specific objectives related to the environment- and to climate set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1).

Amendment    502

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 8 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

8a.  Local Action Groups may request the payment of an advance from the competent paying agency if such possibility is provided for in the strategic plan. The amount of the advances shall not exceed 50% of the public support for the running and animation costs.

Amendment    503

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 8 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

8b.  Support for quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, including actions for information and promotion, and the aid for setting up producer groups and organisations shall be limited to the maximum amount laid down in Annex IXb.

Amendment    504

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 71a

 

Thematic sub-programmes for quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs

 

Member States may establish a thematic sub-programme for the quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs provided for in Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 that achieves the specific objectives set out in Article 6(1).

Amendment    505

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States may grant support for agricultural, forestry and rural business knowledge exchange and information under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.

1.  Member States may grant support for knowledge exchange and information on an individual or collective basis under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans for agricultural, forestry, including agroforestry, environmental and climate protection, rural business, Smart Villages and CAP interventions.

Amendment    506

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Under this type of interventions Member States may cover costs of any relevant action to promote innovation, access to training and advice and exchange and dissemination of knowledge and information which contribute to achieving the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

2.  Under this type of interventions Member States and the Union may cover costs of any relevant action to promote innovation, access to training and advice, the creation of plans and studies, and exchange and dissemination of knowledge and information which contribute to achieving the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

Amendment    507

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall limit the support to a maximum of 75% of the eligible costs.

Member States may provide support for up to the maximum rate laid down in Annex IXa a.

Amendment    508

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, in the case of setting-up of farm advisory services, Member States may grant support in the form of a fixed amount of maximum EUR 200 000.

By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, in the case of setting-up of farm advisory services, Member States may grant support up to the maximum amount laid down in Annex IXa a.

Amendment    509

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  By way of derogation from paragraph 3, in outermost regions and other duly justified cases Member States may apply a higher rate or a higher amount than that set in in that paragraph to achieve the specific objectives set out in Article 6.

deleted

Amendment    510

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6a.  Support under this Article shall not include courses of instruction or training which form part of statutory normal education programmes or systems at secondary or higher levels.

Amendment    511

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 6 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6 b.  Bodies providing knowledge transfer and information services shall have the appropriate capacities in the form of staff qualifications and training to carry out that task.

Amendment    512

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 72a

 

Measures in favour of rural women

 

1.   Member States shall adopt specific actions focused on promoting a greater inclusion of women in the rural economy, through interventions in line with the current regulation with the aim of contributing to the objectives referred to in Article 6(1).

 

2.   Member States may, in their CAP Strategic Plans, grant support to promote the involvement of women, inter alia, in knowledge transfer and information actions, advisory services, investments in physical assets, farm and rural business start-up and development, installation of digital technologies and co-operation.

Amendment    513

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 b(new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 72b

 

Development of Smart Villages Strategy

 

1.   In order to promote digitalisation and innovation, facilitate business development, social inclusion and employment in rural areas, Member States shall develop and implement the Smart Villages Strategy in their CAP Strategic Plans, taking into account the types of interventions set out in points (a), (b), (d), (e), (g) and (h) of Article 64 and elements that ensure modernisation and strategies as set in Article 102.

 

2.   Additional to the types of interventions set in previous point, Member States should take particular care of measures, addressing the following issues in rural areas:

 

(a)   digitalisation of rural economy;

 

(b)   precision agriculture;

 

(c)   development of digital platforms;

 

(d)   rural mobility;

 

(e)   social innovation;

 

(f)   development of smart energy systems, grids and storage at local level, as well as supporting the development of energy cooperatives;

 

3.   Member States shall take particular note of coordination between EAFRD and other European Structural and Investment Funds, as set in point (iii) of Article 98(d).

 

4.   Member States may include their Smart Villages Strategy into the integrated strategies of Community-led local development as set in Article 25(c) of the Regulation (EU) 2018/xxxx [new CPR].

Amendment    514

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Managing Authority of the CAP Strategic Plan or other designated intermediate bodies shall define selection criteria for interventions relating to the following types of interventions: investments, installation of young farmers and rural business start-up, cooperation, knowledge exchange and information, after consultation of the Monitoring Committee referred to in Article 111. Selection criteria shall aim to ensure equal treatment of applicants, better use of financial resources and targeting of the support in accordance with the purpose of the interventions.

The Managing Authority of the CAP Strategic Plan, or, where applicable, regional management authorities, or other designated intermediate bodies, shall define selection criteria for interventions relating to the following types of interventions: investments, installation of young farmers and new farmers, rural business start-up, cooperation, knowledge exchange and information, specific measures in favour of rural women and installation of digital technologies, after consultation of the Monitoring Committee referred to in Article 111. Selection criteria shall aim to ensure equal treatment of applicants, better use of financial resources and targeting of the support in accordance with the purpose of the interventions.

Amendment    515

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States may decide to not apply selection criteria for investment interventions clearly targeting environmental purposes or realised in connection with restoration activities.

Member States may decide to not apply selection criteria for investment in connection with restoration activities following catastrophic events.

Amendment    516

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  Selection criteria may not be defined for operations that have received a Seal of Excellence certification under Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe or have been selected under Life +, provided that such operations are consistent with the CAP Strategic Plan.

deleted

Amendment    517

Proposal for a regulation

Article 74 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Where farmers are affected by severe climate conditions and/or market crisis, payments under point (a) of this paragraph maybe guaranteed against working capital.

Amendment    518

Proposal for a regulation

Article 74 – paragraph 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a.  Where funds under this Article are not used or returned from the Financial Instrument, they should be retained for use in the Rural Development part of the CAP Strategic Plan.

Amendment    519

Proposal for a regulation

Article 75

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

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deleted

Amendment    520

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with requirements additional to those laid down in this Chapter concerning the conditions for granting support for the following types of interventions for rural development:

The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing Annex IXa on the minimum and maximum ceilings for payments under this Chapter.

(a)  management commitments as referred to in Article 65;

 

(b)  investments as referred to in Article 68;

 

(c)  cooperation as referred to in Article 71.

 

Amendment    521

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

EAGF and EAFRD expenditure

Financial Allocation of the EAGF and EAFRD

Amendment    522

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The EAGF shall finance the types of interventions related to:

1.  The financial envelope for the EAGF for the period 2021-2027 shall be EUR 286 143 million in 2018 prices (EUR 322 511 million in current prices).

 

Within this financial envelope and notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter I of Title II of Regulation (EU) [HzR], the EAGF shall finance the types of interventions related to:

Amendment    523

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The EAFRD shall finance the types of interventions referred to in Chapter IV of Title III.

2.  The financial envelope for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for the period 2021-2027 shall be EUR 96 712 million in 2018 prices (EUR 109 000 million in current prices).

 

The EAFRD shall finance the types of interventions referred to in Chapter IV of Title III, technical assistance at the initiative of the Member States referred to in Article 112 and technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission referred to in Article 83(2).

Amendment    524

Proposal for a regulation

Article 80 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Expenditure shall be eligible for contribution from the EAGF and the EAFRD from 1 January of the year following the year of the approval of the CAP Strategic Plan by the Commission.

1.  Expenditure shall be eligible for contribution from the EAGF and the EAFRD following the approval of the CAP Strategic Plan by the Commission.

Amendment    525

Proposal for a regulation

Article 80 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Expenditure that becomes eligible as a result of an amendment to a CAP Strategic Plan shall be eligible for a contribution from the EAFRD from the date of submission to the Commission of the request for amendment.

Expenditure that becomes eligible as a result of an amendment to a CAP Strategic Plan shall be eligible for a contribution from the EAFRD and EAGF from the date of submission to the Commission of the request for amendment.

Amendment    526

Proposal for a regulation

Article 80 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

By way of derogation from Article 73(5) and the first subparagraph, in cases of emergency measures due to natural disasters, catastrophic events or adverse climatic events or a significant and sudden change in the socio-economic conditions of the Member State or region, the CAP Strategic Plan may provide that eligibility of EAFRD financed expenditure relating to amendments of the plan may start from the date on which the event occurred.

By way of derogation from Article 73(5) and the first subparagraph, in cases of emergency measures due to natural disasters, catastrophic events, including fire, drought and flooding, or adverse climatic events, epidemics or a significant and sudden change in the socio-economic conditions of the Member State or region, the CAP Strategic Plan may provide that eligibility of EAFRD financed expenditure relating to amendments of the plan may start from the date on which the event occurred.

Amendment    527

Proposal for a regulation

Article 80 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Expenditure shall be eligible for a contribution from the EAFRD if it has been incurred by a beneficiary and paid by 31 December [2029]. In addition, expenditure shall only be eligible for a contribution from the EAFRD if the relevant aid is actually paid by the paying agency by 31 December [2029].

3.  Expenditure shall be eligible for a contribution from the EAFRD if it has been incurred by a beneficiary and paid by 31 December [2030]. In addition, expenditure shall only be eligible for a contribution from the EAFRD if the relevant aid is actually paid by the paying agency by 31 December [2030].

Amendment    528

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The Union financial assistance for types of intervention in the hops sector allocated to Germany shall be EUR 2 188 000 per year.

3.  The Union financial assistance for types of intervention in the hops sector allocated to Germany shall be EUR X per year.

Amendment    529

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  EUR 10 666 000 per year for Greece;

(a)  EUR X per year for Greece;

Amendment    530

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 4 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  EUR 554 000 per year for France; and

(b)  EUR X per year for France; and

Amendment    531

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 4 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission