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Parliamentary questions
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26 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sylwia Spurek
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The ‘polluter pays’ principle and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

Article 191(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union states that: ‘Union policy on the environment shall aim at a high level of protection taking into account the diversity of situations in the various regions of the Union. It shall be based on the precautionary principle and on the principles that preventive action should be taken, that environmental damage should as a priority be rectified at source and that the polluter should pay’. In this connection:

1. How, to what extent, and in what rules concerning the functioning of the Common Agricultural Policy is the 'polluter pays' principle taken into account?

2. If the rules referred to above have been subject to an impact assessment in the last five years, have any legislative proposals, non-legislative initiatives or implementing or delegated acts been developed as part of such an assessment? If so, please indicate which.

3. In the last five years, has the Regulatory Scrutiny Board taken steps to assess the regulations concerning the functioning of the CAP in terms of their compliance with the principles set out in Article 191 TFEU? If so, please indicate these steps and their outcomes.

Original language of question: PL
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