Slovenian National Assembly

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy

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Subsidiarity deadline: 27/11/2012
 
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Scrutiny date: 25/09/2012

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Passed on to the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Environment. The document has been discussed at its 9th extraordinary meeting of 12 July 2012.

 

And at its 26th meeting of 13 July 2012 the Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the following Position:

 

The Republic of Slovenia estimates that the progress report concerning the proposals for the CAP reform and the compromise proposal by the Presidency for the common agricultural policy towards 2020 provide a good basis for the continuation of negotiations.

 

As regards direct payments, Slovenia estimates that the compromise proposal already partly proposes an additional flexibility in the implementation of the basic payment, but this issue has not yet been entirely addressed. The Republic of Slovenia promotes the possibility of differentiation of the value of payment entitlements with regard to land use and thereby greater goal-oriented basic payment, partial harmonisation of payments, and longer transitional period for the transition to the single payment area. The proposed greening of direct payments is in principle also acceptable for the Republic of Slovenia, however, it is important in this regard that Member States are given sufficient flexibility, so that the implementation of measures will in fact be feasible considering the specific natural and structural conditions in the Member States and that the measures will be implemented in the manner which will not cause an increased financial and administrative burden or significantly affect the revenue of agricultural producers.   The Republic of Slovenia estimates that considerable progress has been made particularly as regards defining small farms as green by definition, the measure of "diversified arable crops" and the possibility that implementation of environmental measures under the programmes of rural development is duly taken into account also in greening.  Furthermore, it sees the proposals concerning the increase in the volume of elements which can be considered under the measure "ecological focus areas", and the introduction of the high entry threshold, as this substantially simplifies the implementation without endangering the set objectives, as positive. The simplicity of implementation needs to be the guiding principle also in the "maintenance of the permanent grassland" measure, whereby the Republic of Slovenia believes that by monitoring at the state level, the desired environmental effects may be provided.  As regards other elements of the new direct payments structure (the young farmers scheme, the small farmers scheme), as well as the definition of an active farmer, the Republic of Slovenia estimates that compromise proposals go in the right direction. The Republic of Slovenia also considers the possibility of introducing the production coupled payments to be the key element of the new direct payments scheme, whereby it believes that the scope needs to be enlarged and sufficient flexibility in implementation needs to be provided. 

 

In general, the Republic of Slovenia supports the compromise proposal of the text of regulation on rural development, as it brings clarity of individual provisions and greater flexibility and simplifications in the preparation and implementation of rural development programmes.  As regards ex-ante conditionalities, the Republic of Slovenia agrees that for the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 only those ex-ante conditionalities apply which are relevant and directly relate to special objectives pursued in the framework of priority tasks of an individual programme, and that other ex-ante conditionalities which are not directly linked to agriculture, be deleted.  Notwithstanding that the issue of national allocation of funds for rural development is not negotiable, this remains one of the key issues for the Republic of Slovenia, particularly the issue of taking into consideration the previous amount of funds for the entire programme period 2007-2013. With regard to the provisions regarding the financing level from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the Republic of Slovenia welcomes and supports the introduction of the transition category for region to which the maximum co-financing rate of 75% applies, as this is a solution in line with the cohesion policy concept. In this context, the Republic of Slovenia clearly expresses its expectations that equal co-financing conditions are guaranteed also to the former regions of the convergence objective, as it would be unacceptable and inconsistent if conditions in transition regions were more favourable than in the former convergence regions, being in a specific and sensitive development stage, which in the framework of the cohesion policy it was also explicitly recognised with a higher co-financing rate. 

 

In the field of common organisation of markets of agricultural products, the Republic of Slovenia estimates that the compromise proposal does not bring any major substantive changes and such solutions that would go in the direction of increased efficiency of the envisaged market price measures and faster responsiveness of markets, as it does not contain instruments for an efficient response to the instability of prices and efficient stabilisation of agricultural markets before the onset of the crisis. Therefore, it is essential for the Republic of Slovenia that it achieves greater progress in improving the functioning of the safety net, as well as the revision of the proposed intervention prices and the extension of measures to all products included in the Single CMO Regulation. The Republic of Slovenia sees the proposal for strengthening the measure concerning school fruit and milk as positive. Furthermore, the issue of producers' organisations is also important for the Republic of Slovenia and it supports the enlargement to all sectors and their obligatory recognition. Furthermore, Slovenia considers the issues relating to the quality package equally important.

 

As regards horizontal issues, the Republic of Slovenia sees the progress made with the compromise proposal as very positive, particularly regarding the limitation of provisions which in the event of maintaining the Commission's proposal would reflect in the increase of the already high control costs, greater administrative burden of Member States and additional national budget expenditure. Furthermore, Slovenia sees the progress in the field of cross compliance equally positive. With regard to the latter, the Republic of Slovenia proposes that in the implementation of the Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides equal approach be used as in the case of the EU Water Framework Directive.


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