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Parliamentary questions
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9 January 2019
Question for written answer P-000066-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Manolis Kefalogiannis (PPE)

 Subject:  Dangerous publications on paying Greek stockbreeders to abandon production
 Answer in writing 

Greek stockbreeders are in turmoil over publications about a reform plan for the EU sheep and goat sector under the the CAP 2021-2027, a plan that includes generous amounts of funding, especially for Greek breeders, to abandon sheep and goat milk and meat production.

Since 2 000, the number of sheep and goat farmers has fallen by 50% in the EU, but sheep and goat production continues to be a very important part of the primary sector both in Greece and in the rest of Europe. Greece has some 80 000 goat and sheep farmers with approximately 12-13 million animals and more than 500 dairies.

The European Parliament, on the initiative of the EPP, has asked the Commission to create the right conditions for the further development of the sector; it certainly does not want to drive it out of business.

The EPP’s proposals include increasing coupled payments, introducing specific environmental aid for the contribution made by the sector, especially migrant livestock farmers, to the environment and the mitigation of climate change and boosting their competitiveness.

Can the Commission corroborate reports about a plan to pay livestock farmers to abandon production?

Original language of question: EL 
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