E-004518/2012 2 May 2012 Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR)
The provisions of Annex II to Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the infrastructure requirements for slaughterhouses enter into force on 8 December 2019.
Is the Commission planning to provide funds for adapting slaughterhouses under pillar 2 of the CAP?;
6 June 2012
Answer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the Commission
Under the current Rural Development Policy, support for adapting slaughterhouses to new EU standards is possible through the measure ‘Adding value to agricultural and forestry products’ (Article 28 of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005)(1).
Support under this measure may be granted to investments which improve the overall performance of an enterprise. The investment shall concern the processing and/or marketing of products covered by Annex I of the Treaty (except fishery products) and forestry products, and/or the development of new products, processes and technologies linked to products covered by Annex I of the Treaty (except fishery products) and forestry products. The investment shall also respect the EU standards applicable to the investment concerned.
Where investments are made to comply with EU standards, support may only be granted to micro-enterprises(2). In this case a period of grace not exceeding 36 months from the date the standard becomes mandatory for the enterprise may be provided to meet the standard.
Since this measure is not obligatory for Member States to include in their national or regional rural development programme, it is up to the Member State to make the support available.
For the future Rural Development Policy 2014-2020, the support for investments in slaughterhouses would be possible under the proposed measure ‘Investments in physical assets’ (Article 18 of COM(2011) 627)(3) Under this measure it is proposed that support may be granted to investments which concern the processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products covered by Annex I of the Treaty.
(1) Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
(2) Within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC.
(3) COM(2011) 627: Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).