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Parliamentary questions
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22 February 2018
Question for written answer E-001115-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Maria Gabriela Zoană (S&D)

 Subject:  Future of the common agricultural policy
 Answer in writing 

The effects of Brexit will be felt after 2020, and the total EU budget will be EUR 14 billion smaller. The new CAP’s budget could suffer, and farmers could receive lower subsidies. In the 2014-2020 financial framework, the CAP has a budget of around EUR 400 billion, 70% of it for direct payments to farmers, while around EUR 100 billion is allocated through rural development programmes. It is clear that a 30% cut in the CAP budget, which is one of the scenarios being discussed, i.e. a reduction of EUR 120 billion, would have an average impact of over 10% in several Member States, and even more in some sectors.

1. What solutions is the Commission putting in place to lessen the impact of the cut to the budget?

2. What improvements will be made to direct payments in the long term to remedy the current situation, where official figures show that 80% of direct payments go to 20% of farmers?

3. It is true that the issue is currently under discussion and there are multiple possible scenarios, but it is important to define the structure of the targets even if funds are maintained at the current level of EUR 400 billion. In this context, how will the Commission develop support for small and medium-sized farms?

Original language of question: RO 
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