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Parliamentary questions
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20 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003375-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Estefanía Torres Martínez (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Common agricultural policy reform and budget cuts
 Answer in writing 

Twenty of the EU-27 Member States have rejected the Commission’s proposed cuts to the common agricultural policy (CAP) for the 2021-2027 programming period. These cuts will reduce the CAP’s share of the overall EU budget to 28.5%, hindering fulfilment of the main objectives of this policy, which include new priorities of protecting the environment and encouraging young people to work in agriculture.

The Commission has stated that CAP funding will be cut by 5% in constant prices, but the CAP was allocated EUR 403.313 billion for 2014-2020, whereas the proposed budget for the new period is EUR 365 billion. Therefore, over 10% of the budget is to be cut.

1. Can the Commission specify which figures it used to calculate cuts to the budget and how these cuts will be distributed between the pillars of the CAP?

2. How will it compensate for these budget cuts and make sure that the CAP remains sufficiently robust to meet new challenges?

3. Is it considering implementing measures to make up for the probable delay in adopting the CAP 2021-2027 budget, given that 20 Member States have rejected it?

Original language of question: ES 
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