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Document 32019R1928

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1928 of 19 November 2019 adapting the adjustment rate for direct payments pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the calendar year 2019 and repealing Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/916

OJ L 299, 20.11.2019, p. 49–50 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2019/1928/oj

20.11.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 299/49


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/1928

of 19 November 2019

adapting the adjustment rate for direct payments pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the calendar year 2019 and repealing Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/916

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 352/78, (EC) No 165/94, (EC) No 2799/98, (EC) No 814/2000, (EC) No 1290/2005 and (EC) No 485/2008 (1), and in particular Article 26(4) thereof,

After consulting the Committee on the Agricultural Funds,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/916 (2) has fixed the adjustment rate for direct payments pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 in respect of the calendar year 2019. This adjustment rate has been set based on the information available in the context of the 2020 Draft Budget, in particular taking into account an amount of financial discipline of EUR 478 million for the reserve for crises in the agricultural sector referred to in Article 25 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013.

(2)

While the need for financial discipline remains at EUR 478 million for the reserve for crises in the agricultural sector, the information available in relation to the Commission Amending Letter No 1 to the 2020 Draft Budget covering forecasts for direct payments and market related expenditure, shows nevertheless the need to adapt the rate of financial discipline set in Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/916.

(3)

Consequently, based on the new information in possession of the Commission, it is appropriate to adapt the adjustment rate in accordance with Article 26(4) of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013, before 1 December of the calendar year in respect of which the adjustment rate applies.

(4)

As a general rule, farmers submitting an aid application for direct payments for one calendar year (N) are paid within a fixed payment period falling within the financial year (N+1). However, Member States may make late payments to farmers beyond that payment period, within certain limits. Such late payments may be made in a subsequent financial year. When financial discipline is applied for a given calendar year, the adjustment rate should not be applied to payments for which aid applications have been submitted in calendar years other than the calendar year for which the financial discipline applies. Therefore, in order to ensure equal treatment of farmers, it is appropriate to provide that the adjustment rate is to be applied only to payments for which aid applications have been submitted in the calendar year for which the financial discipline is applied, irrespectively of when the payment to farmers is made.

(5)

Article 8(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3) provides that the adjustment rate applied to direct payments determined in accordance with Article 26 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 is to apply only to direct payments in excess of EUR 2 000 to be granted to farmers in the corresponding calendar year. Furthermore, Article 8(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 provides that, as a result of the gradual introduction of direct payments, the adjustment rate is to apply to Croatia only from 1 January 2022. The adjustment rate to be determined by this Regulation should therefore not apply to payments to farmers in that Member State.

(6)

The adapted adjustment rate should be taken into account for the calculation of all payments to be granted to a farmer for an aid application submitted in respect of the calendar year 2019. For the sake of clarity, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/916 should therefore be repealed.

(7)

In order to ensure that the adapted adjustment rate is applicable as from the date on which the payments to farmers are to start in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013, this Regulation should apply from 1 December 2019,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

1.   For the purpose of fixing the adjustment rate provided for in Articles 25 and 26 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013, and in accordance with Article 8(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013, the amounts of direct payments under the support schemes listed in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 to be granted to farmers in excess of EUR 2 000 for an aid application submitted in respect of the calendar year 2019 shall be reduced by an adjustment rate of 1,432635 %.

2.   The reduction provided for in paragraph 1 shall not apply in Croatia.

Article 2

Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/916 is repealed.

Article 3

This Regulation shall enter into force on the seventh day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It sh§all apply from 1 December 2019.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 19 November 2019.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 549.

(2)  Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/916 of 4 June 2019 fixing the adjustment rate for direct payments pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the calendar year 2019 (OJ L 146, 5.6.2019, p. 98).

(3)  Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing rules for direct payments to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 637/2008 and Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 608).


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