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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005367/2018

Forests owned by the state are not excluded per se from forest-related support granted by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Article 21(c) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013(1) provides for support for preventing and restoring (clearing and replanting, natural regeneration) forestry potential after forest fires and other natural disasters. Thus, the costs of restoring forest potentials damaged by fires or other natural disasters in public forests can be eligible, subject to inclusion of such measure in the respective Rural Development Programme. Furthermore, granting support for restoring damage requires a formal recognition by public authorities of the occurrence of natural disaster resulting in the destruction of at least 20% of the relevant forest potential. The Member State/region should detail in the Rural Development Programme the method of calculating such damage. Support for the restoration of damage to forests from forest fires is available in the Portuguese Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

In addition, the thematic operational programme ‘Sustainability and Efficient Use of Resources’ (POSEUR)(2) may finance, under the investment priority 6iii(3), actions to recover ecosystems deteriorated by severe impacts, mainly in classified areas.

(1)OJ L 347, 20.12.2013.
(2)The thematic operational programme ‘Sustainability and Efficient Use of Resources’ financed by the Cohesion Fund.
(3)Protection and restoration of biodiversity and soil and promotion of ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure.

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