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Parliamentary questions
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8 October 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-004461/2018

The Commission reacted swiftly to the 2018 drought by taking specific decisions allowing higher advances for both direct payments (70%) and for area and animal-related rural development measures (85%), and by granting derogations from specific greening requirements authorising to use the areas concerned for the production of animal feed(1).

In terms of financial support available, Member States have at their disposal a number of tools that may help address and mitigate the impact of climatic adverse events, in particular through Rural Development Programmes or state aid rules.

Under the existing agricultural state aid rules, aid of up to 80% (and in areas facing natural constraints, of up to 90%) of the damage caused by drought can be provided, subject to certain specific conditions.

Member States also have the possibility to grant compensation for such damages as de minimis aid of up to EUR 15 000 per farmer over three years without the need to notify the Commission.

With regard to Rural Development, Member States may include in their rural development programme a measure aiming at supporting beneficiaries up to 100% for the restoration of agricultural production potential damaged by the drought. Farmers may also be supported for economic losses through risk management instruments, such as insurances, mutual funds and income stabilisation tools.

Currently, the Commission is carrying out an analysis of the information provided by the Member States on the impact of the drought on farmers.

(1)See press release IP/18/4801 and IP/18/5301.

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