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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2020
 P-001357/2020 E-000985/2020
Joint answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Question references: E-000985/2020, P-001357/2020

1. The direct payments are granted if certain conditions(1) are respected as to the nature of the land, of the agricultural activity and if the claimant qualifies as active farmer. In the context of shared management, it falls within the power of the Member States to assess the eligibility of agricultural areas.

2. The decision to extend the definition of permanent grassland to areas where grasses or other herbaceous forage are traditionally not predominant(2) or are absent is envisaged by Article 4(2) of Regulation (EU) 1307/2013 as modified by Regulation (EU) 2017/2393(3) and lies under the responsibility of the Member States. A review of the initial decision is not legally prohibited, however any review should respect the general principles of EC law such as non-discrimination, legal certainty and legitimate expectations, both as regards the substance and the timing.

Where a Member State would extend the definition of permanent grassland, the support to be paid for such areas would have to remain within the national allocations as set out in Annex II and III to Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/food-farming-fisheries/key_policies/documents/direct-payments-eligibility-conditions_en.pdf
(2)As referred to in Article 6 of the Commission delegated Regulation (EU) No 639/2014.
(3) OJ L 350, 29.12.2017.
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