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Parliamentary questions
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28 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Bronis Ropė
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Articles 38 to 44 TFEU, CAP post-2020 and the definition of a ‘genuine farmer’

Articles 38 to 44 TFEU lay down the following binding obligations for persons applying for agricultural support under the CAP:

‘to increase agricultural productivity’ (economic sustainability of agricultural activity);

‘to ensure the rational development of agricultural production and the optimum utilisation of the factors of production, in particular labour’ (environmental and social sustainability of agricultural activity);

‘to ensure that supplies reach consumers at reasonable prices’ [products listed in Annex 1 to the TFEU] (supply of public goods to the public).

Article 4(d) of the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on CAP Strategic Plans (COM/2018/392 final) gives Member States the right to define the concept of 'genuine farmer'.

Can the Commission answer the following question:

Does the Commission consider that a person who fails to comply with at least one of the three obligations listed above under Articles 38 to 39 TFEU in the post-2020 CAP can be considered:

a. a ‘genuine farmer’,

b. a ‘farmer’,

c. eligible to claim any CAP support?

Original language of question: LT
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