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Parliamentary questions
17 May 2018
E-001896/2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission

1. The European Commission's role is to support the redelimitation of areas facing natural constraints (ANCs) and, where appropriate, areas facing specific constraints (ASCs) in the Member States. The Commission verifies the compliance of the new delimitation with the regulatory provisions and guidance documents. Negotiations with the Member States concern the zoning methods (geographical scale, data sources, criteria and thresholds) and not the results.

2. The set of biophysical criteria for delimiting areas facing natural constraints are defined in Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)(1). This initial stage must then be followed by a fine-tuning exercise based on objective criteria to be defined by the Member State on the basis of a Commission guidance document. If the Member States also decide to amend the delimitation of areas facing specific constraints, this must be done in accordance with Article 32(4) of the regulation. The criteria chosen by the Member State must be relevant and plausible in the national context. It is not for the Commission to ask a Member State to include or exclude any particular area.

(1)OJ L 347, 20.12.2013.

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