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Parliamentary questions
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11 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Manolis Kefalogiannis
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Full equalisation of direct payments causes concern among Greek farmers

Recent European press reports regarding new external convergence calculations and the full equalisation of direct payments, the cost of which is estimated to lie between EUR 12 billion and EUR 20 billion, is causing great concern to Greek farmers.

In Greece, 80.7% of direct aid goes to farms smaller than 50 hectares, average support per farm amounting to just EUR 3 000. Full ‘external convergence’ would render many Greek smallholdings unsustainable, resulting in abandonment of farming with serious consequences for the economy and social cohesion;

A recent analysis by the Centre for Global Development shows that the PSE (Producer Support Estimate) is 30% higher in countries that are pressing for the immediate full harmonisation of direct payments, while in answer to my question Ε-002481/2019, the last Commissioner for Agriculture gave his assurance that direct payments for Greece would be cut by only a small amount, less than 4%.

In view of this: Can the Commission say whether it intends to adjust the progessive convergence of direct payments between Member States in line with the Communication of 2 May 2018 on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework?

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