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Parliamentary questions
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12 June 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002010/2018

The Common Agricultural Policy is implemented via shared management and the Member States have clear responsibilities as regards targeting and payments.

Direct Payments provide farmers with an income support granted as decoupled from production. Beneficiaries have the obligation to exercise an agricultural activity, which can be production or maintenance of the land in a good agricultural state implying a cost for the farmer. Production is not required, notably in order to respect World Trade Organisation (WTO) Green Box requirements.

Since decoupling of direct payments, a new statistical variable for land no longer used for production purposes, but eligible for direct payments, was introduced, to monitor in particular the impact of decoupling on land use. Most recent data (Farm structure survey — 2013) shows that agricultural land declared as grassland not used for production while continuing to be eligible for direct payments, amounts only to 1.1% in Slovakia and 0.8% in the European Union.

Moreover, Member States are required to target support to those, whose agricultural activity is not insignificant through the application of the Active farmer's clause.

In addition, Member States must reduce the amount of basic direct payments to be granted to a farmer for a given calendar year by at least 5% for the part of the amount exceeding EUR 150 000. The Slovakian authorities decided to limit this reduction to the minimum of 5%.

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