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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-005494/2018

The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) includes the cross-compliance (CC) system that establishes the link between receipt of full CAP support by farmers and the respect of a set of basic rules related to the main public expectations on environment, health and animal welfare.

As regards animal welfare, CC includes in its scope the Directive 98/58/EC on the protection of animals kept for farming purposes(1), among other Directives on animal welfare issues.

The annex of this directive describes at detailed level what minimum conditions farmers breeding or keeping animals should respect. In particular, it says, ‘When animals are kept outdoors, farmers must at least protect animals from adverse weather conditions, predators and risk to their health’. As this is a provision coming from an EU Directive, Member States shall establish the precise obligations that farmers shall comply with in national legislation.

Member States shall inform farmers on the obligations under CC scope and shall establish a system guaranteeing effective control of the respect of CC. Furthermore, their competent authorities are responsible for fixing administrative penalties in individual cases of non-compliances determined, in particular for the abovementioned provision. For the calculation of those CAP payments reductions and exclusions, account shall be taken of the severity, extent, permanence and reoccurrence of the non-compliance found.

(1)OJ L 221, 8.8.1998.

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