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Parliamentary questions
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21 February 2019
E-006272/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006272/2018

The Commission's proposals(1) for a post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) aim to further improve the overall sustainability of the EU's farm sector and rural areas, with a strong emphasis on the environment and climate. Member States will have to present CAP strategic plans, to be approved by the Commission.

These plans will have to respond to climate and environmental weaknesses and challenges identified in the SWOT analysis and needs assessment and to show greater ambition with regard to the environment and climate than in the current period. A new enhanced conditionality, replacing ‘cross-compliance’ and ‘greening’, will set a strong level playing field.

Moreover, the ‘eco-schemes’ will provide Member States with the means to go further, in particular to incentivise conversion into more sustainable agricultural systems. In addition, payments under rural development will remain available, with the minimum 30% spending requirements related to the climate and environment.

All this will enable Member States to devise a mix of mandatory and voluntary measures, adapted to their needs, to ensure effective mitigation and adaptation of the sector to climate change.

Moreover, 40% of total CAP expenditure is expected to contribute to climate action. This share will be calculated by applying specific weighting factors linked to the significance of the contribution of CAP interventions to climate objectives, as laid down in the legal proposal.

For example, basic and complementary direct payments in the future CAP will be subject to enhanced conditionality, which includes a bundle of requirements favourable to climate; with a weighting factor to be applied to these payments set at 40%.

(1)COM(2018) 392 final, COM(2018) 393 final and COM(2018) 394 final/2.

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