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Parliamentary questions
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9 February 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007594/2017

The promotion policy for agricultural and food products(1) requires yearly adoption of an annual work programme (AWP)(2) which defines the strategic priorities and their corresponding budgets as well as the criteria for evaluation of the proposals. AWPs are implemented thorough the publication of calls for proposals.

In accordance with the AWP and the calls, the Union's financial contributions are awarded to the highest scoring proposals up to the available budget. External evaluators are intrusted with the evaluation of the proposals that are ranked according to the points awarded.

The Commission selection of the proposals is based on the evaluation carried out by external evaluators and has so far always followed the ranking of the proposals established by the evaluators. As to the origin of the programmes supported, it depends on the quality of the proposals and may vary from one year to the other. The selection of 2016 proposals led to programmes from Italy securing the highest share in the total EU budget (25%) while those from Greece came second (17.4% of the EU budget).

The Commission makes the information on the selection of the programmes(3) publicly available. In addition, the applicants receive the Evaluation Summary Report for each evaluated proposal. They may take into account the comments it contains in order to improve their proposals in the future.

Applicants are also invited to make use of the available information on the Agency's website(4) that include the ‘Guide for Applicants’ including Annex IV ‘Additional information on award criteria’, a ‘List of the most common mistakes’, ‘eligibility checker’, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and information on running campaigns, Info days and webinars.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1144/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on information provision and promotion measures concerning agricultural products implemented in the internal market and in third countries and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 3/2008, OJ L 317, 4.11.2014, p. 56.
(2)A Commission Implementing Decision for which the competent Committee delivers its opinion by qualified majority.
(3)Articles 12 and 18 of Regulation (EU) No 1144/2014

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