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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001600/2019

The Commission is well aware of the difficulties faced by grape producers in Sicily due to climate variations in 2018 causing significant losses for the sector.

As regards fruit and vegetables, according to Article 33(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013(1), if set out in the national strategy, recognised producer organisations may include crisis prevention and management actions e.g. harvest insurance under their approved operational programmes. Support to overcome these difficulties may be granted to farmers being members of those producer organisations.

In addition, under rural development, support for risk management(2) can be provided to farmers in case of, among other things, adverse climatic events. Such events need to be specified in the rural development programme and recognised as natural disasters by the national competent authority.

This type of financial contribution can take the form of premia for insurances covering production losses or support to mutual funds by which risks of farmers are pooled. Another risk management instrument is the income stabilisation tool, which is also provided by mutual funds and which covers cases of severe drops in farmers’ income. In Italy, these types of risk management measures are included in the national rural development programme 2014-2020(3). To date, under that national programme, the insurance premia support is already operational, whereas the mutual funds still need to be activated by the national authorities. Support for insurance premia or compensation of damage and income losses could be given also under state aid rules(4).

(1)OJ L 347/671 20.12.2013.
(2)Articles 36-39a of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013.
(3)http://www.reterurale.it/downloads/PSRN_6_0.zip (cf. Section 8.2.4).
(4)Under Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 or EU Guidelines for state aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas 2014 to 2020.

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