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Parliamentary questions
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30 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002481-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Manolis Kefalogiannis (PPE)

 Subject:  The immediate full ‘external convergence’ of direct payments will be disastrous for Greek agriculture

Recently, some Member States applying the SAPS transitional regime have been pushing for the immediate ‘external convergence’ of direct payments.

Given the fact that:

The structure of Greek agriculture is significantly different from that of those Member States, for example, 80.7% of direct aid goes to farms smaller than 50 hectares, average support per farm is just EUR 3 000, which corresponds to 49% of the EU average, the ratio of the agricultural to the average income is less favourable for the agricultural income than that of the other Member States in question;
In the event of full ‘external convergence’, a large number of smallholdings in Greece will become unsustainable and farming will be abandoned, which will have serious consequences for the economy and social cohesion;
The agricultural sector is expected to make a contribution towards environmental protection, mitigating the consequences of climate change and meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals;

Will the Commission say:

Will it also take into account other parameters, such as the evolution of agricultural income, the ratio of the agricultural to the average income, the size and competitiveness of holdings, the level of support per holding, the cost of inputs etc., in order to change the way in which direct payments are calculated?

Original language of question: EL 
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