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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2019
Question for written answer P-000848-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Richard Sulík (ECR)

 Subject:  Establishment of a centralised register of applicants for the purpose of direct payments
 Answer in writing 

The Commission guidelines of September 2016 on eligibility to draw direct payments state that a farmer should declare that he or she has the right to use the land, but neither Regulation 1306/2013 nor 1307/2013 expressly contains any provision defining precisely what legal right to agricultural land a farmer should have, or whether a Member State can verify this relationship when assessing applications for direct payments.

However, in order for the applicant to be entitled to use the agricultural land, for example for the purpose of direct payments, it is not necessary for the land to be available to him under a specific legal relationship, such as an agricultural lease or similar legal relationship.

Thus, Member States cannot automatically reject an application solely on the basis of the lack of evidence of such a particular legal relationship without reviewing all of its elements. However, they may take appropriate measures, such as requiring applicants to have a valid legal document confirming the applicant’s right to use the land to which the application relates.

Would it be consistent with EC law for a Member State to establish a central register of direct payment applicants in which a legal document confirming the applicant’s right to use the land covered by the application would be a mandatory part of the applicant’s profile and one of the general prerequisites for direct payments that the national authorities would have to examine, together with the other elements of the application, before granting approval?

Original language of question: SK 
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