Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski on behalf of the European Commission
1. In the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) framework, there is no EU aid designed to support the breeding of bulls for fighting. However, it cannot be excluded that bull breeders might benefit from direct payments, provided they meet the related eligibility conditions in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013. The final use of the supported animals is not included under these eligibility conditions.
Thus, data collected by the Commission on CAP beneficiaries in line with the existing legal framework does not allow for classification based on the final use of the supported animals.
2. The Commission intends to ensure a correct and timely implementation of the new CAP framework, which is presently negotiated between the European Parliament and the Council. These negotiations will of course include all amendments brought forward by the two co-legislators.
In line with the Union’s transparency rules, details of funding in accordance with the CAP Regulation are already published by the Spanish authorities.
3. The Commission is aware that the perception of European citizens regarding animal welfare is changing. This change is reflected in Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU). Bullfighting is considered a cultural tradition and part of regional heritage, and therefore not under the scope of Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing.