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Parliamentary questions
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11 October 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004221/2018

As regards the drought in 2018, the Commission is fully aware of the difficulties faced by European farmers.

The Commission reacted swiftly to the first signals of these extreme climatic events, as also mentioned in press releases issued on 2 and 30 August and on 19 September 2018, through specific decisions allowing payment of higher advances for both direct payments (70%) and for rural development measures (85%) (adopted on 1 October 2018) and granting derogations from specific greening requirements (adopted on 14 August and 18 September 2018) authorising to use the areas concerned for the production of animal feed.

Under Rural Development, Member States may provide support for the restoration of agricultural production potential damaged by natural disaster and for the implementation of risk management instruments to compensate farmers’ economic losses. Member States may further provide advice as well as support to farmers for investments in preventive actions aimed at reducing the consequences of natural disasters and improving farm resilience.

Concerning the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Commission proposed to further improve the functioning of the risk management instruments, which should help farmers manage production and income risks. Actions related to climate change mitigation and adaptation will be reinforced in the future CAP, and should help increase farm resilience. The new delivery mechanism for the CAP post-2020 includes simpler rules, more targeted and well defined objectives to better deliver results, reflecting the needs of the Member States and bringing particular benefits especially for environmental and climate issues.

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