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Parliamentary questions
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22 March 2019
Joint answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Written questions: P-000883/19 , P-000881/19
Question references: P-000881/2019, P-000883/2019

The Commission is aware of the difficult situation of sheep milk producers in Sardinia and shares their concerns.

The Common Agricultural Policy provides tools for farmers to strengthen their position in the food supply chain. For example, Sardinian milk producers can organise themselves into producer organisations and collectively negotiate the sale of raw milk thereby getting a better price than they would be able to get individually. Similarly, producers can manage the supply of cheeses covered by a protected designation of origin, as is the case for Pecorino Romano.

Farmers may benefit from the support under Union’s promotion policy concerning agricultural and food products. Currently running 3-year promotion campaign titled ‘PRO-PAS-EU — Programma Pecorino Asiago Speck EU’ that was selected following the publication of calls for proposals in 2016 will receive nearly EUR 2 million of EU’s contribution. Deadline for submission of programme proposals laid down in 2019 calls for proposals(1) is 16 April 2019. More information is available on the website of the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA)(2).

Member States may also consider grant national aid in the form of de minimis aid to help overcome a crisis. The Commission recently decided to raise the ceilings for granting de minimis aid to farmers, thereby giving Member States more scope for using such national support.

(1)2019 Call for Proposals — Simple Programmes:https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.C_.2019.018.01.0004.01.ENG&toc=OJ:C:2019:018:TOC 2019 Call for Proposals — Multi Programmes: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.C_.2019.018.01.0021.01.ENG&toc=OJ:C:2019:018:TOC

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