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Parliamentary questions
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26 September 2019
E-002994-19
Question for written answer E-002994-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Bronis Ropė (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Discrepancies between counted and actual areas

When analysing DG AGRI’s information on areas declared by the older EU Member States for direct payments in the years 2004-2014, I have noticed significant differences between the counted areas and the actual areas.

For example, in the Netherlands 1 340 million hectares were declared in 2008; 1 347 million hectares in 2009; 1 412 million hectares in 2010; and 1 362 hectares in 2011. However, Commission working document no. 16261/11 of 11 October 2011 states that the declared potentially eligible area (PEA) in the Netherlands was not 1 347 million hectares, but 1 815 million hectares — a figure that is 35% higher.

Correspondingly, this area of 1 815 million hectares (rather than the 1 347 million hectares declared by the Netherlands in 2009 as reported in DG AGRI's information) served as the basis, in the 2014-2020 period, for the calculation of a 35% larger envelope for direct payments for the Netherlands than would have been the case for the areas actually declared.

Similar discrepancies exist with regard to declared and actual areas in several other older EU Member States. These data also distorted the overall EU average pay out used in the above convergence formula and thus the amounts earmarked for convergence.

In this connection:

Does the commission intend to resolve this error in 2020 and to make appropriate adjustments for Member States whose payments are below 90% of the EU average national direct payment envelope?

If not, will amounts aimed at offsetting this error be added for the 2021-2027 period?

Original language of question: LT 
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