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Parliamentary questions
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17 August 2016
E-005082/2016(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-005082/2016

Concerning the use of direct payments funds for the breeding or rearing of bulls used for bullfighting, the Commission refers the Honourable Members to the answer to Written Question E-000994/2014(1).

As regards the question on the incompatibility of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013(2) with amendment BUDG 1437 and Resolution P8_TA(2015)0376 resulting from the European Parliament's reading on the 2016 Draft Budget, it has to be noted that changes to Regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council can only be made through the formal legislative procedure.

The responsibility for the final adoption of EU budget lies with the Budgetary Authority. In accordance with Article 54 of the Financial Regulation, the Budget 2016 contains a general comment stating that ‘budgetary remarks are only executable insofar as they do not modify or extend the scope of existing legal base (…)’.

The Commission's letter of executability sent on 28 October 2015 to the European Parliament and the Council specifically stated that ‘This amendment [on bullfighting] modifies the legal provisions of the common agricultural policy, in particular European Parliament and Council Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013, and is therefore not executable’. The adopted Budget 2016 contains both the amendment proposed by the European Parliament and a footnote recalling the terms of the letter of executability as a result of the conciliation between the European Parliament and the Council to reach a common position.

(1)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/parliamentary-questions.html
(2)OJ L 347, 20.12.2013.

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