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Parliamentary questions
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3 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002149-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Andrea Cozzolino (S&D)

 Subject:  Speculation and misuse of CAP subsidies
 Answer in writing 

Recent investigations have once again brought to light, particularly in Abruzzo, the issue of speculation practised by self-styled agricultural holdings, which rent large amounts of land with the sole aim of cashing in on the funds made available for livestock farmers by the EU.

According to complaints received, large holdings from northern Italy are renting vast areas of land with the aim of seeing their crop payment entitlements grow, without ensuring that herds are actually grazing there, the sole aim being to secure legal EU funding.

This practice is apparently allowing the holdings concerned to receive funding, by way of a CAP subsidy, the value of which in some cases exceeds EUR 1 000 per hectare, since these entitlements stem from crop farming; it has, however, increased rents in mountain areas by up to four times, benefiting large groups and cooperatives from outside the region instead of small-scale local farmers.

In view of the above, is the Commission already aware of this situation and, if so, what steps has it taken, or does it intend to take to protect the interests of legitimate livestock farmers and put an end to unfair practices by ensuring, once again, that EU funds are being properly used?

Original language of question: IT 
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