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Parliamentary questions
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21 March 2019
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-000848/2019

While it is correct that regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013(1) do not specify the nature of the legal relationship that allows the farmer to prove land is at his/her disposal, the Commission expects Member States to be able to verify that parcels declared for receiving direct payments are actually at the farmer’s disposal. The modalities of this verification are left to Member States.

The elements supporting the right to use the land declared by the farmer could be included in a central register, provided that it is not limited to specific types of contract and that in the absence of such a document an application is not rejected directly without examining all the elements of the application.

Moreover, this would not exonerate the farmer from the need to prove, when requested, to have a factual possession of the land and a degree of autonomy over the area that is sufficient for the carrying-out of the agricultural activity.

(1)OJ L 347, 20.12.2013.

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