MIL-OSI Europe: REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistics on agricultural input and output and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1165/2008, (EC) No 543/2009, (EC) No 1185/2009 and Council Directive 96/16/EC – A9-0285/2021

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Source: European Parliament

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistics on agricultural input and output and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1165/2008, (EC) No 543/2009, (EC) No 1185/2009 and Council Directive 96/16/EC

(COM(2021)0037 – C9‑0009/2021 – 2021/0020(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

 having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2021)0037),

 having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 338(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C9‑0009/2021),

 having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

 having regard to Rule 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

 having regard to the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (A9-0285/2021),

1. Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2. Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

3. Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

 

Amendment  1

 

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) A statistical knowledge base is necessary to design, implement, monitor, evaluate and review policies related to agriculture in the Union, in particular the common agricultural policy (‘CAP’), including rural development measures, as well as Union policies relating to, among other things, the environment, climate change, land use, regions, public health and the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

(1) A transparent, comprehensive and reliable statistical knowledge base is necessary to design, implement, monitor, evaluate and review policies related to agriculture in the Union, in particular the common agricultural policy (‘CAP’), including rural development measures, as well as Union policies relating to, among other things, the environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation, land use, regions, public health, food safety, plant protection, sustainable use of pesticides, veterinary medicinal usage, animal health and animal welfare and the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Those statistics can also be useful to monitor and assess the impact of agriculture on pollinators and the vital soil organisms.

Amendment  2

 

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) The collection of statistical data, in particular on agricultural input and output, should aim, among other things, to inform the decision-making process with updated data to support the European Green Deal with the related ‘farm to fork’ and ‘biodiversity’ strategies and future CAP reforms.

(2) The collection of statistical data, in particular on agricultural input and output, should aim, among other things, to inform an evidence-based decision-making process with updated, high-quality and accessible data, in particular data necessary for the development of agro-environmental indicators, to assess the impact of the European Green Deal and to support and evaluate progress of the European Green Deal with the related ‘farm to fork’ and ‘biodiversity’ strategies, the ‘zero pollution’ and ‘organic production’ action plans and future CAP reforms. A key element for the achievement of the European Green Deal objectives is the transition towards multifunctional agriculture capable of producing safe and sufficient food while providing positive environmental outputs. An operational and transparent system for the regular collection of statistical data on pesticide use and other chemicals inputs relied on in agriculture should be established.

Amendment  3

 

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) High quality harmonised statistical data are important to assess the state and trends of agricultural input and output in the Union, the functioning of markets, and food security and to assess the sustainability as well as the environmental, economic and social impacts of Union and national policies. Those data include, but are not limited to, livestock and meat statistics, the production and use of eggs, and the production and use of milk and milk products. Statistics on the area, yield and production of arable crops, vegetables, various permanent crops and grasslands and commodity balances are also important. Increasingly, statistics on the sales and use of plant protection products and fertilisers are needed.

(3) High quality harmonised, coherent and comparable statistical data are important to assess the state and trends of agricultural input and output in the Union in order to provide meaningful and precise data on the environmental, economic and social impact from agriculture and on the pace of the transition to more sustainable agricultural practices. The data collected should also reflect on the functioning of markets, and food security, so as to ensure access to sufficient and high-quality food, and to assess the sustainability as well as the environmental, economic and social impacts and performance of Union and national policies, as well as to assess the sustainability and impact of new business models development. Those data include, but are not limited to, livestock and meat statistics, the production and use of eggs, and the production and use of milk and milk products. Statistics on the area, yield and production of arable crops, vegetables, various permanent crops and permanent grasslands and commodity balances and fodder are also important. Moreover, statistics on the sales and use of plant protection products, biocidal products, fertilisers, veterinary medicinal products for animals and antibiotics in feeding stuffs are needed with improved data collection methods and better coherence with sector-specific legislation, ensuring food safety and thus preventing serious threats to animal and human health.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) It is important to obtain harmonised statistical data on input per unit of food produced.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) To ensure the availability and uptake of secure, energy-efficient, affordable and high-quality data, the Union should promote investments in standards, tools, cloud infrastructure and services, as well as in digital competences for handling data in rural and remote areas.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) European statistics on agricultural inputs and outputs are currently collected, produced and disseminated on the basis of a number of legal acts. This structure does not provide proper consistency across the individual statistical domains, nor does it promote an integrated approach towards the development, production and dissemination of agricultural statistics. This Regulation should replace those legal acts for the purposes of harmonisation and comparability of information, and to ensure consistency and coordination across European agricultural statistics, facilitate the integration and streamlining of the corresponding statistical processes, and enable a more holistic approach. It is therefore necessary to repeal Regulations (EC) No 1165/2008 (15), (EC) No 543/2009 (16) and (EC) No 1185/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (17), and Council Directive 96/16/EC (18). The numerous related European Statistical System (ESS) agreements and gentlemen’s agreements on data transmission should be integrated into this Regulation where there has been evidence that the data fulfil user needs, that the agreed methodology works and that the data are of appropriate quality.

(7) European statistics on agricultural inputs and outputs are currently collected, produced and disseminated on the basis of a number of legal acts. This structure does not provide proper consistency across the individual statistical domains, nor does it promote an integrated approach towards the development, production and dissemination of agricultural statistics designed to cover the economic, social and environmental facets of agriculture. This Regulation should replace those legal acts for the purposes of harmonisation and comparability of information, and to ensure consistency and coordination across European agricultural statistics, facilitate the integration and streamlining of the corresponding statistical processes, and enable a more holistic approach.  It is therefore necessary to repeal Regulations (EC) No 1165/2008(15 ), (EC) No 543/2009(16 ) and (EC) No 1185/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council(17 ), and Council Directive 96/16/EC(18 ). The numerous related European Statistical System (ESS) agreements and gentlemen’s agreements on data transmission should be integrated into this Regulation where there has been evidence that the data fulfil user needs, that the agreed methodology works and that the data are of appropriate quality.

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15 Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 concerning livestock and meat statistics and repealing Council Directives 93/23/EEC, 93/24/EEC and 93/25/EEC (OJ L 321, 1.12.2008, p. 1).

15 Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 concerning livestock and meat statistics and repealing Council Directives 93/23/EEC, 93/24/EEC and 93/25/EEC (OJ L 321, 1.12.2008, p. 1).

16 Regulation (EC) No 543/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 concerning crop statistics and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 837/90 and (EEC) No 959/93 (OJ L 167, 29.6.2009, p. 1).

16 Regulation (EC) No 543/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 concerning crop statistics and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 837/90 and (EEC) No 959/93 (OJ L 167, 29.6.2009, p. 1).

17 Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 concerning statistics on pesticides (OJ L 324, 10.12.2009, p. 1).

17 Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 concerning statistics on pesticides (OJ L 324, 10.12.2009, p. 1).

18 Council Directive 96/16/EC of 19 March 1996 on statistical surveys of milk and milk products (OJ L 78, 28.3.1996, p. 27).

18 Council Directive 96/16/EC of 19 March 1996 on statistical surveys of milk and milk products (OJ L 78, 28.3.1996, p. 27).

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) A large part of the European agricultural area consists of grasslands. The production of those areas was not considered to be important in the past, so no production data have been included in crop statistics. As the impact of grasslands and ruminants on the environment has become more important due to climate change, statistics on grassland production and animal grazing are needed.

(9) A large part of the European agricultural area consists of grasslands. The production of those areas was not considered to be important in the past, so no production data have been included in crop statistics. As the impact of permanent grasslands and ruminants on the environment has become more important due to climate change, statistics on permanent grassland and animal grazing are needed.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a) For the purposes of statistics, the feasibility of maximising the use of pre-existing data collected under CAP obligations, without creating new obligations and administrative burden, should be assessed.

Amendment  9

 

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) Data regarding the placing on the market and use of pesticides to be submitted pursuant to Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (21 ) and Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (22 ) should be used in accordance with the relevant provisions of that Directive and of that Regulation for the purposes of the requirements of this Regulation.

(12) Data regarding the placing on the market and use of plant protection products to be submitted pursuant to Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (21) and Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (22) should be used in accordance with the relevant provisions of that Directive and of that Regulation for the purposes of the requirements of this Regulation. Data regarding the placing on the market and use of biocidal products to be provided pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council22a should be used in accordance with the relevant provisions of that Regulation for the purposes of this Regulation. Statistics on the placing on the market and use of pesticides should be publicly available and as detailed as possible, including to the level of active substance and crop, to allow a meaningful assessment of trends regarding the use of pesticides and overall associated risks, as well as the upgrade of harmonised risk indicators under Directive 2009/128/EC.

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21 Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 71).

21 Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 71).

22 Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 1).

22 Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 1).

 

22a Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products (OJ L 167, 27.6.2012, p. 1).

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) Comparable statistics from all Member States on agricultural input and output are important to determine the development of the CAP. Standard classifications and common definitions should therefore be used insofar as possible for variables.

(13) Comparable statistics from all Member States on agricultural input and output are important to determine the development of the CAP and to monitor CAP implementation through the national Strategic Plans in view of CAP´s contribution to the European Green Deal targets. Standard classifications and common definitions and cohesive information should therefore be used insofar as possible for variables.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13a) The coherence, compatibility and interoperability of the data and the uniformity of the reporting formats are prerequisites for the preparation of Union agricultural statistics, in particular as regards the efficiency of the collection, processing and dissemination procedures and the quality of the results.

Amendment  12

 

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14) The data needed to compile statistics should, where possible, be collected in a manner with the least costs and administrative burden. It is therefore necessary to identify possible owners of sources of the required data and ensure that these can be used for statistics.

(14) The data needed to compile statistics should be collected in a manner with the least costs and administrative burden on respondents, including farmers,   small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Member States. It is therefore necessary to maximise the use of existing data sources, increase synergies and efficiency between existing data sources and optimise the data collection methods used. Where possible owners of sources of the required data could be identified, it should be ensured that data can be used for statistics in full compliance with the private rights of the identifiable individuals and data ownership.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) The datasets to be transmitted cover several statistical domains. In order to maintain a flexible approach that allows the statistics to be adapted when data requirements change, only the domains, topics and detailed topics should be specified in the basic regulation, with the detailed data sets specified in implementing acts.

(15) The datasets to be transmitted cover several statistical domains. In order to maintain a flexible approach that allows the statistics to be adapted when data requirements change, only the domains, topics and detailed topics should be specified in the basic regulation, with the detailed data sets specified in implementing acts. The collection of the detailed data sets should not impose significant additional costs resulting in a disproportionate and unjustified burden on agricultural holdings and on Member States.

Justification

The need to maintain a flexible approach to data collection in view of new policy developments and emerging data needs, shall not come at the expense of guaranteeing legal certainty and predictability to data respondents and data producers (farmers, administrative bodies, wholesale entities, intermediates, etc.). In this regard, the Annex shall be considered as an essential part of this regulation and changes to the domains, topics and detailed topics of the annex shall undergo the ordinary legislative procedure.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16) Organic production is becoming increasingly important as an indicator of sustainable agricultural production systems. It is therefore necessary to ensure that available statistics on organic farming are consistent with other agricultural production statistics by integrating those in the datasets. Those organic production statistics should also be coherent with and use the administrative information produced under Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council (23 ).

(16) Organic production is becoming increasingly important as an indicator of sustainable agricultural production systems. Statistical data on organic production are essential to monitor progress of the action plan for the development of organic production in the Union. It is therefore necessary to ensure that available statistics on organic farming are consistent with other agricultural production statistics by integrating those in the datasets. Those organic production statistics should also be coherent with and use the administrative information produced under Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council (23 ).

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23 Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 (OJ L 150, 14.6.2018, p. 1).

23 Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 (OJ L 150, 14.6.2018, p. 1).

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(16a) The ‘One Health’ approach, endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), recognises that human health, animal health and ecosystems are interconnected and it is therefore essential for both animal and human health to ensure prudent use of veterinary antimicrobial medicinal products in food-producing animals.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(16b) To ensure the highest level of public health, animal health and environmental protection and to contribute to the Union goals to mitigate, inter alia, the risk of development of antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals, statistics on the sales and use of veterinary antimicrobial medicinal products for food-producing animals should be provided in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2019/6 of the European Parliament and of the Council1a.

 

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1a Regulation (EU) 2019/6 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on veterinary medicinal products and repealing Directive 2001/82/EC (OJ L 4, 7.1.2019, p. 43).

 

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(18) It should be possible to collect data on ad-hoc subjects related to agricultural input and output at a specific time in order to supplement the data collected on a regular basis with complementary data on subjects that require more information, emerging phenomena or innovations.

(18) It should be possible to collect data on ad-hoc subjects related to agricultural input and output at a specific time in order to supplement the data collected on a regular basis with complementary data on subjects that require more information, emerging phenomena or innovations. However, in order to ensure transparency and legal certainty and to minimise administrative burden on respondents and Member States, the collection of ad-hoc data should be done as an exception, after a thorough feasibility study has been carried out on the need for producing new statistics and the stakeholders have been consulted. National authorities should have access to financial support from the Union to cover implementation costs related to the ad-hoc data collection.

Justification

Ad-hoc data collection is likely to impose additional production costs on Member States authorities and response burden on the agricultural sector. In this regard, future needs for developing and producing new statistics for this regulation, which underpin the European Green Deal and its related strategies, shall be the result of a feasibility study and a stakeholder consultation and shall be supported with financial contribution from the European Union.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(19) In order to decrease the administrative burden on Member States, exemptions from certain regular transmissions of data should be allowed if Member States’ contributions to the EU total for these data are low.

(19) In order to decrease the administrative burden on Member States, exemptions from certain regular transmissions of data should be allowed if Member States’ contributions to the Union total for these data are low and if the variables have a low prevalence in the Member States concerned.

Amendment  19

 

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20) In order to improve the efficiency of the statistical production processes of the ESS and to reduce the administrative burden on respondents, national statistical institutes (‘NSIs’) and other national authorities should have the right to access and use, promptly and free of charge, any administrative data that are gathered for public purposes, irrespective of whether they are held by public or private bodies. NSIs and other national authorities should also be able to integrate those administrative data with statistics, to the extent that such data are necessary for developing, producing and disseminating European agricultural statistics, in accordance with Article 17a of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009.

(20) In order to improve the efficiency of the statistical production processes of the ESS and to reduce the administrative burden on respondents, national statistical institutes (‘NSIs’) and other national authorities should have the right to access and use, promptly and free of charge, any administrative data that are gathered for public purposes, irrespective of whether they are held by public or private bodies. Where individuals or entities to which data refer can be identified, it should be ensured that those data can be used for statistics only if full compliance with the right to protection of personal and company data is ensured. NSIs and other national authorities should also be able to integrate those administrative data with statistics, to the extent that such data are necessary for developing, producing and disseminating European agricultural statistics, in accordance with Article 17a of Regulation(EC) No 223/2009. Any processing of personal data under this Regulation is subject to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council 1a and delegated and implementing acts adopted pursuant to that Regulation. Collected data should only be used for as long as is strictly necessary for the relevant analyses to be carried out.

 

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1a Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, p. 1).

Amendment  20

 

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 21

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(21) Member States or responsible national authorities should endeavour to modernise data collection modes insofar as possible. The use of digital solutions should be promoted.

(21) Member States or responsible national authorities should endeavour to modernise data collection modes insofar as possible by harnessing funding from technical assistance instruments. The use of digital solutions and land monitoring tools, such as the Union’s Earth observation programme Copernicus and remote sensors should be promoted. Since broadband infrastructure covers approximately 50 % of rural and remote areas, it is important to incentivise the development of very high-capacity broadband connectivity infrastructure, including 5G, especially in less economically sustainable areas, such as rural mountainous and remote areas with a low population density, in order to make use of online surveys, satellite information, and machine-generated and big data. Agricultural data is increasingly generated through digital farming practices, where the farmer remains the main data provider, responsible for the collection, processing and management of agricultural data. A good basis for improving transparency, responsibility and trust when farmers share machine-generated data should be ensured via voluntary guidelines or regulation. The national plans of the Recovery and Resilience Facility include measures that could contribute to the digital transition or to addressing the challenges arising from it.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(22a) In order to reduce the administrative burden on farms, consideration should preferably be given to the use of available records rather than statistical surveys when it comes to deciding which datasets and variables to request.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25) An impact assessment has been carried out in accordance with the principle of sound financial management, in order to focus the statistical programme established by this Regulation on the need for effectiveness in achieving the objectives and in order to incorporate budgetary constraints.

(25) An impact assessment on the Strategy for Agricultural Statistics for 2020 and beyond was carried out in 2016 in accordance with the principle of sound financial management in order to focus the statistical programme established by this Regulation on the need for effectiveness in achieving the objectives and in order to incorporate budgetary constraints. Given the latest policy developments, stemming from the CAP new delivery model and the European Green Deal together with the underlying Farm to Fork and biodiversity strategies, that impact assessment should be updated accordingly to better reflect new data needs.

Justification

COMAGRI has invited the Commission to complement the 2016 impact assessment on the “Strategy for Agricultural Statistics for 2020 and beyond” in order to take into account the latest developments, related to CAP reform and Farm to Fork strategy on-going process. CAP new delivery model entails monitoring and evaluation based on indicators in order to check the performance of Member States in light of achieving pre-defined objectives. It is thus crucial that the indicators are rendered operational by the collection of corresponding data. The update of the impact assessment would bring more clarity on the new data needs, coming from the recent policy developments, especially in regards to collection of agri-environmental statistics. Respectively, this could minimize the need for ad-hoc data, which bears the risk of additional administrative burden on data respondents and data producers.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 27

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(27) In order to take into account emerging data needs mainly stemming from new developments in agriculture, from revised legislation and from changing policy priorities, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in order to amend the detailed topics listed in this Regulation and to establish the topics and detailed topics to be provided and other practical arrangements for the collection of ad hoc data as laid down in this Regulation. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during the preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations are conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Inter-institutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making 25. In particular, to ensure equal participation in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and the Council receive all documents at the same time as Member State experts, and their experts systematically have access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts.

(27) In order to take into account emerging data needs mainly stemming from new developments in agriculture, from revised legislation and from changing policy priorities, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of amending the detailed topics listed in this Regulation and establishing the topics and detailed topics to be provided and other practical arrangements for the collection of ad hoc data as laid down in this Regulation. When adopting such delegated acts, the Commission should take into account aspects, such as cost and administrative burdens on agricultural holdings and Member States. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during the preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations are conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making 25. In particular, to ensure equal participation in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and the Council receive all documents at the same time as Member States’ experts, and their experts systematically have access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts. Those delegated acts should under no circumstances lead to an increased administrative burden or costs for agricultural holdings and Member States. In order to minimise the administrative burden, new information requirements should be avoided as far as possible and be subject to the ‘one-in, one-out’ principle for better legislation.

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25 OJ L 123, 12.5.2016, p. 1.

25 OJ L 123, 12.5.2016, p. 1

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 27 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(27a) For new variables, a feasibility study should be carried out under the direction of Eurostat in cooperation with the competent national statistical institutes.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(28) In order to ensure uniform conditions for this Regulation’s implementation, the Commission should be given implementing powers to specify the datasets linked to the topics and detailed topics listed in the Annex and the technical elements of the data to be provided, to establish the lists and descriptions of the variables and other practical arrangements for the collection of ad hoc data, and to set out the practical arrangements for and contents of the quality reports. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (26 ).

(28) In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission with a view to specifying the datasets linked to the topics and detailed topics listed in the Annex and the technical elements of the data to be provided, to establish the lists and descriptions of the variables and other practical arrangements for the collection of ad hoc data, and to set out the practical arrangements for and contents of the quality reports. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (26 ). When exercising those powers, the Commission should take into account aspects such as cost and administrative burdens on agricultural holdings and Member States.

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26 Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13.).

26 Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13.).

Amendment  26

 

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 31

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(31) This Regulation should apply without prejudice to both Directive 2003/4/EC (27) and Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 (28 ).

(31) This Regulation should apply without prejudice to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council(26a), Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (27) and Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (28). The Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters to Community institutions and bodies calls for provisions on the collection, public access and dissemination of environmental information either following a request or by active dissemination by the authorities covered by the Convention. To ensure consistency with the Aarhus Convention, this Regulation should specify the level of detail to which the data collected is to be disseminated proactively by Eurostat.

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26a Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (OJ L 145, 31.5.2001, p. 43).

27 Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2003 on public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC (OJ L 41, 14.2.2003, p. 26).

27 Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2003 on public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC (OJ L 41, 14.2.2003, p. 26).

28 Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters to Community institutions and bodies (OJ L 264, 25.9.2006, p. 13).

28 Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters to Community institutions and bodies (OJ L 264, 25.9.2006, p. 13).

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

This Regulation establishes a framework for aggregated European statistics related to the inputs and outputs of agricultural activities, as well as the intermediate use of such output within agriculture and its collection and industrial processing.

This Regulation establishes an integrated framework for aggregated European statistics related to the inputs and outputs of agricultural activities, as well as the intermediate use of such output within agriculture and its collection and industrial processing.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

For the purposes of this Regulation, the definitions of ‘agricultural activity‘, ‘utilised agricultural area‘, ‘livestock unit’, ‘agricultural holding‘ and ‘common land agricultural unit‘, as laid down in Article 2, points (a), (b), (d), and (e) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1091 shall apply.

For the purposes of this Regulation, the definitions of ‘agricultural holding‘,‘common land agricultural unit‘, ‘livestock unit’ and ‘utilised agricultural area‘, as laid down in points (a), (b), (d) and (e) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1091, respectively, shall apply.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 3 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) ‘fertiliser’ means an EU fertilising product the function of which is to provide nutrients to plants or mushrooms, complying with the requirements set out in Annex I, Part II, of Regulation (EC) 2019/1009;

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 3 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3b) ‘inorganic fertiliser’ means a fertiliser containing or releasing nutrients in a mineral form, other than an organic or organo-mineral form, complying with the requirements set out in Annex I, Part II, of Regulation (EC) 2019/1009;

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 8 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8a) ‘plant protection products’ means plant protection products within the meaning of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009;

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 8 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8b) ‘biocidal product’ means biocidal product as defined in Article 3(1), point (a), of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012;

Amendment  33

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 8 c (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8c) ‘veterinary medicinal product’ means a veterinary medicinal product as defined in Article 4, point (1), of Regulation (EU) 2019/6;

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 8 d (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8d) ‘antimicrobial’ means any substance with a direct action on micro-organisms used for treatment or prevention of infections or infectious diseases, including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and anti-protozoals, as defined in Article 4, point (12), of Regulation (EU) 2019/6;

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 8 e (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8e) ‘pesticide’ means a plant protection product or a biocidal product;

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 8 f (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8f) ‘food-producing animals’ means food-producing animals as defined in Article 2, point (b), of Regulation (EC) No 470/2009;

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 15 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15a) ‘crop balance’ means the supply and use of the main cereals and oil seeds in a reference area during a reference period;

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 15 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15b) ‘gross nutrient balance’ means the balance between inputs (consumption of fertilisers; gross input of manure, and other inputs) and outputs (removal of nutrients with the harvest of crops; removal of nutrients through the harvest and grazing of fodder, and crop residues removed from the field) of nutrients to the agricultural soil;

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 15 c (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15c) ‘fertiliser’ means fertiliser as defined in Article 2, point (a), of Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003;

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 15 d (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15d) ‘agricultural activity’ means: (i) production, rearing or growing of agricultural products, including harvesting, milking, breeding animals, and keeping animals for farming purposes; (ii) maintaining an agricultural area in a state which makes it suitable for grazing or cultivation without preparatory action going beyond usual agricultural methods and machineries, based on criteria established by Member States on the basis of a framework established by the Commission; or (iii) carrying out a minimum activity, defined by Member States, on agricultural areas naturally kept in a state suitable for grazing or cultivation;

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point 15 e (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15e) ´inorganic fertiliser´ means inorganic fertiliser as defined in Article 2, point (e), of Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003.

Amendment  42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 4

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. For the topic of plant protection products as referred to in Article 5(1), point (d)(iii), the data shall cover the plant protection products placed on the market as defined in Article 3, point 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 .

4. For the topic of plant protection products as referred to in Article 5(1), point (d)(iii), the data shall cover the plant protection products placed on the market as defined in Article 3, point 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and use by professional users as referred to in Article 67 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

Amendment  43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 4 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a. For the topic of veterinary medicinal products as referred to in Article 5(1), point (d)(iiib), the data shall cover products placed on the market, including antimicrobial substances within the meaning of Article 4, points (2) and (12), of Regulation (EU) 2019/6, for use in food-producing animals.

Amendment  44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 5

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. The Commission may adopt implementing acts further specifying the coverage requirements referred to in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 15(2).

5. The Commission may adopt implementing acts further specifying the coverage requirements referred to in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 15(2), and they shall not impose a significant additional burden or costs on farmers or on Member States.

 

Amendment  45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point b – point -i (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(-i) crop area

Amendment  46

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point d – introductory part

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) statistics on nutrients and plant protection products

(d) statistics on nutrients, pesticides, veterinary medicinal products and antibiotics in animal feed

Amendment  47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point d – point iii a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiia) biocidal products

Amendment  48

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point d – point iii b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiib) veterinary medicinal products intended for food-producing animals

Amendment  49

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point d – point iii c (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiic) antibiotics in animal feed

Amendment  50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 8

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

8. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 14 amending the detailed topics set out in the Annex.

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Amendment  51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 9 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

9. The Commission may adopt implementing acts to define the data sets to be transmitted to the Commission (Eurostat). Those implementing acts shall specify the following technical elements of the data to be provided, where appropriate:

9. The Commission may adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 14 to define the data sets to be transmitted to the Commission (Eurostat). Those delegated acts shall specify the following technical elements of the data to be provided, where appropriate:

Amendment  52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 9 – subparagraph 1 – point c

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the variables on organic production and products;

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Justification

Information on organic production and products should be set on this regulation.

Amendment  53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 9 – subparagraph 1 – point c a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) a list of reference fertilizers for which prices have to be collected;

Justification

The amendment aims to improve available statistics and market transparency on fertilizer prices.

Amendment  54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 9 – subparagraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 15(2) not later than 9 months before the beginning of the reference year.

Those delegated acts shall be adopted not later than [six months following the entry into force of this Regulation].

Amendment  55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 9 – subparagraph 2 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Those delegated acts shall not impose significant additional administrative burden or costs on agricultural holdings and Member States. The list of variables and methodological rules selected shall take into account the availability of administrative data in order to minimise the need for statistical surveys.

Amendment  56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 9 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

9a. The list of variables referred to in paragraph 9, point (a), shall not lead to an increase in the current total number of variables, the flexibility margin being 1 %.

Amendment  57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 9 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

9b. Regarding new statistical information obligations, a feasibility study shall be conducted by Eurostat in cooperation with the competent national statistical institutes, together with an assessment of the resulting administrative burdens before deciding on the actions referred to in paragraphs 8 and 9.

Amendment  58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts referred to in paragraph 1 starting with the reference year [insert 2 years after entering into force of the regulation] and with a minimum of 2 years between each ad hoc data collection.

2. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts referred to in paragraph 1 starting with the reference year [insert 2 years after entering into force of this Regulation] and with a minimum of five years between each ad hoc data collection.

Justification

Member States need sufficient time to allocate resources to begin a new ad hoc data collection.

Amendment  59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The Commission may adopt implementing acts to provide:

3. The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 14 to provide:

Amendment  60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 15 not later than 12 months before the beginning of the reference year.

Those delegated acts shall be adopted no later than six months following the adoption of the delegated act referred to in paragraph 1.

Amendment  61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. When exercising its power to adopt delegated acts pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 3, the Commission shall ensure that the following conditions are fulfilled:

 

(a) the delegated acts aim to achieve cost and burden neutrality or reduction and do not, in any case, impose a significant additional cost or burden on the Member States or on the respondents;

 

(b) the delegated acts are adopted at least 12 months before the start of the reference period of the data.

Amendment  62

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b. When adopting delegated acts referred to in this Article, the Commission shall undertake impact assessments of its delegated acts which are expected to have significant economic, environmental or social impacts. It shall first assess whether new statistics can be based on existing data from relevant administrative sources at Union level, and, where data are not yet available, it shall assess the feasibility of new data collection, taking into account appropriate sources and collection methods, statistical quality, and administrative burden on respondents and national statistical institutes. Those delegated acts shall not impose an unjustified burden on Member States or respondents.

Amendment  63

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. A Member State may be exempted from certain regular transmissions of the data where the impact of the Member State on the EU total of a variable is limited. The Commission may adopt implementing acts defining thresholds for variables according to specific methodology in such a way that the application of those thresholds does not reduce the information on the expected EU total of the variable in the reference year by more than 5%. The thresholds shall be revised so that they correspond to the trends of EU totals, initiated by the Commission (Eurostat).

2. A Member State may be exempted from certain regular transmissions of the data where the impact of the Member State on the EU total of a variable is limited. Such exemption shall not apply to the data collected in accordance with Article 5(1), point (d). The Commission may adopt implementing acts defining thresholds for variables according to specific methodology in such a way that the application of those thresholds does not reduce the information on the expected EU total of the variable in the reference year by more than 5%. The thresholds shall be revised so that they correspond to the trends of EU totals, initiated by the Commission (Eurostat).

Amendment  64

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point c

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) other sources, methods or innovative approaches.

(c) other sources, methods or innovative approaches, such as digital tools and remote sensors.

Amendment  65

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Member States may use any information from the integrated administration and control system (‘IACS’) established by Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (29 ), the system for the identification and registration of bovine animals established by Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council (30 ) and the system for the identification and registration of ovine and caprine animals established by Council Regulation (EC) No 21/2004 (31 ), the vineyard register implemented in accordance with Article 145 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (32 ), and the organic farming registers set up pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

2. Member States may use any information from the integrated administration and control system (‘IACS’) established by Regulation (EU) 2021/… of the European Parliament and of the Council [on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013], the system for the identification and registration of bovine animals established by Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council (30) and the system for the identification and registration of ovine and caprine animals established by Council Regulation (EC) No 21/2004 (31), the vineyard register implemented in accordance with Article 145 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (32 ), and the organic farming registers set up pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

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29 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).

 

30 Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97 (OJ L 204, 11.8.2000, p. 1).

30 Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97 (OJ L 204, 11.8.2000, p. 1).

31 Council Regulation (EC) No 21/2004 of 17 December 2003 establishing a system for the identification and registration of ovine and caprine animals and amending Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 and Directives 92/102/EEC and 64/432/EEC (OJ L 5, 9.1.2004, p. 8).

31 Council Regulation (EC) No 21/2004 of 17 December 2003 establishing a system for the identification and registration of ovine and caprine animals and amending Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 and Directives 92/102/EEC and 64/432/EEC (OJ L 5, 9.1.2004, p. 8).

32 Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671).

32 Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671).

Amendment  66

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 3 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. The statistics on biocidal products, as referred to in Article 5(1), point (d)(iiia), of this Regulation, shall be provided using the records kept by authorisation holders and made available to the competent authorities in accordance with Article 68 of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012.

Amendment  67

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 3 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b. The statistics on the sales and use of veterinary antimicrobial medicinal products intended for food-producing animals referred to in Article 5(1), point (d)(iiib), of this Regulation shall be provided using, as the minimum, the data collected by Member States in accordance with Article 57 of Regulation (EU) 2019/6, and the records kept in accordance with Articles 96 and 108 of that Regulation.

Amendment  68

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 3 c (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3c. The statistics on biocidal products as referred to in Article 5(1), point (d)(iiia), shall be provided using, as the minimum, the records kept in accordance with Article 68 of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012, as well as with Article 5 and Annex I, Part A, point II(2)(a), of Regulation (EC) No 183/2005.

 

Amendment  69

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 4

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. For that purpose, the Member States shall request from professional users of plant protection products, in electronic format, records covering at least the name of the plant protection product, the dose of application, the main area and the crop where the plant protection product was used in accordance with this Regulation.

4. For those purposes, the Member States shall request from professional users of plant protection products and biocidal products, in electronic format, where applicable, records covering, per types of crops and species of animals, at least the quantities and the name of the active substances used and of the plant protection product and the biocidal product used, the dose of application, the date of application, the surface area where the plant protection product or biocidal product was used.

Amendment  70

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 6

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. National authorities responsible for complying with the requirements of this Regulation shall have the right to access and use, promptly and free of charge, data, including individual data on enterprises and agricultural holdings in administrative files compiled on their national territory pursuant to Article 17a of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009. The national authorities and the owners of the administrative records shall establish the necessary cooperation mechanisms for such access. That access shall also be granted in cases where the competent authority has delegated tasks to be carried out on its behalf to private or semi-public bodies.

6. National authorities responsible for complying with the requirements of this Regulation shall have the right to access and use, promptly and free of charge, data, including individual data on enterprises and agricultural holdings in administrative files compiled on their national territory pursuant to Article 17a of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009. Other national authorities responsible for implementing the relevant Union environmental, food security and public health legislation, as well as the European Environment Agency, shall also have the right to access and use, promptly and free of charge, aggregated data for statistical and monitoring purposes. The national authorities and the owners of the administrative records shall establish the necessary cooperation mechanisms for such access. That access shall also be granted in cases where the competent authority has delegated tasks to be carried out on its behalf to private or semi-public bodies.

Amendment  71

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 6 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6a. The data collected may be used only during the period needed to carry out the analyses and may not be further processed or made public in a manner incompatible with the initial purpose of the data collection.

Amendment  72

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 9 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

9a. The Commission (Eurostat) shall publish on the internet, free of charge, the quality report provided by Member States, other reports or information provided by Member States in application of this Article, as well as any request of the Commission (Eurostat) for clarification.

Amendment  73

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 10a

 

Publication of data

 

1. The data collected on the topics listed in Article 5(1), point (d), shall be actively disseminated by the Commission (Eurostat) via internet, free of charge, at the following level of detail:

 

(a) per active substance;

 

(b) per plant protection, biocidal, veterinary medicinal and fertiliser product;

 

(c) per crop and animal species;

 

(d) per year.

 

2. The data collected under this Regulation shall be actively disseminated by the Commission (Eurostat) excluding confidential data in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 read in conjunction with Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006.

 

3. This Regulation is without prejudice to the right of public access to documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 read in conjunction with Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 and Directive 2003/4/EC.

Amendment  74

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For the implementation of this Regulation, the Union may provide grants to the national statistical institutes and other national authorities referred to in Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 in order to cover the implementation costs of an ad hoc data collection.

1. For the implementation of this Regulation, the Union shall provide grants to the national statistical institutes and other national authorities referred to in Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 in order to support access to relevant technology and to cover the costs of implementation of this Regulation, as well as the costs of an ad hoc data collection and the costs of feasibility studies as referred in Article 6(1b).

Amendment  75

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. Building on the priorities of the European Digital Strategy and the need to implement a digital single market, national recovery and resilience plans may finance expenditure in the digital sector to better collect and use data in the agricultural sector.

Amendment  76

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Where the application of this Regulation or of the implementing measures and delegated acts adopted pursuant to them necessitates major adaptations in a national statistical system of a Member State, the Commission may adopt implementing acts granting derogations to Member States for a maximum duration of two years.

Where the application of this Regulation or of the implementing measures and delegated acts adopted pursuant to them necessitates major adaptations in a national statistical system of a Member State, the Commission may adopt implementing acts granting derogations to Member States for a maximum duration of three years.

Amendment  77

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The relevant Member State shall submit a duly reasoned request for such a derogation to the Commission within three months of the date of the entry into force of the act concerned.

The relevant Member State shall submit a duly reasoned request for such a derogation to the Commission within three months of the date of the entry into force of the act concerned, explaining what major adaptations are needed to the national statistical system and an estimated timeline for such adaptations. That request shall be made public.

Amendment  78

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The Commission (Eurostat) shall review and assess whether the request fulfils the relevant conditions set out in paragraph 1.

 

Where the Commission considers that the derogation is not justified in accordance with the relevant conditions set out in paragraph 1, it shall adopt a decision within three months from the date of receipt of the reasoned request, informing the Member State concerned that the derogation cannot be accepted and stating the reasons for that refusal. Such decision shall be made public.

Amendment  79

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The implementing acts referred to in paragraph 1, first subparagraph shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 15(2).

2. The Commission may adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 14 specifying the conditions set out in paragraph 1 of this Article..

Amendment  80

 

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 5(8) and Article 6(1 and 2) shall be conferred on the Commission for an undetermined period from [Publications Office: please insert exact date of entry into force of the Regulation].

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 5(9), Article 6(1), (2) and (3) and Article 13(2) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from … [Publications Office: please insert the date of entry into force of this Regulation]. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the five-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

Amendment  81

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 4

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Before adopting a delegated act, the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Inter-institutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making.

4. Before adopting a delegated act, the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Inter-institutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making. The European Parliament shall receive the planning for the following months and invitations for all experts meetings. The preparation and drawing up of delegated acts under this Regulation shall include written public consultations of a duration of minimum six weeks.

Amendment  82

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 14a

 

Review

 

1. By December 31 … [insert year following 30 months after the date of entry into force of this Regulation] and every five years thereafter, the Commission shall review this Regulation and shall submit a report on its implementation to the European Parliament and the Council.

 

2. During the first review referred to in paragraph 1, the Commission shall assess in particular

 

 whether and why there are data gaps and deficiencies in the data collected limiting the ability of public authorities to assess progress towards sustainable agriculture, including data relating to the use of plant protection, biocidal and veterinary medicinal products.

Amendment  83

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – point a – table

 

Text proposed by the Commission

(a) Animal production statistics

 

Topic

Detailed topics

Transmission frequencies

Reference periods

Livestock and meat

Livestock populations

Twice per year, annual or three times per decade

Dates

Meat production

Monthly

Calendar month

Annually

Calendar year

Animal delivery

Twice per year or annually

Calendar quarters

Calendar half years

Calendar years

Eggs and chicks

Eggs for consumption

Annually or three times per decade

Calendar year

Eggs for hatching and farmyard poultry chicks

Monthly

Calendar month

Structure of hatcheries

Annually

Calendar year

Dates

Milk and milk products

Milk produced and used on the agricultural holdings

Annually or three times per decade

Calendar year

Milk availabilities to the dairy sector

Annually

Calendar year

Uses of milk and dairy materials by the dairy sector and resulting products

Annually

Calendar year

Monthly uses of cows’ milk by the dairy sector

Monthly or twice per year

Calendar month

Structure of the dairy enterprises

Three times per decade

Calendar year

 

 

Amendment

(a) Animal production statistics1a

 

Topic

Detailed topics

Transmission frequencies

Reference periods

Livestock and meat

Livestock populations

Twice per year, annual

Dates

Meat production

Monthly

Calendar month

Annually

Calendar year

Animal delivery

Twice per year or annually

Calendar quarters

Calendar half years

Calendar years

Eggs and chicks

Eggs for consumption

Annually

Calendar year

Eggs for hatching and farmyard poultry chicks

Monthly

Calendar month

Structure of hatcheries

Annually

Calendar year

Dates

Milk and milk products

Milk produced and used on the agricultural holdings

Annually

Calendar year

Milk availabilities to the dairy sector

Annually

Calendar year

Uses of milk and dairy materials by the dairy sector and resulting products

Annually

Calendar year

Monthly uses of cows’ milk by the dairy sector

Monthly or twice per year

Calendar month

Structure of the dairy enterprises

Three times per decade

Calendar year

 

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1a Total number of animals and total of products of animal origin, and specifying organic farming certified and/or under conversion per topic.

 

Amendment  84

 

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – point b – table

 

Text proposed by the Commission

(b) Crop production statistics

 

Topic

Detailed topics

Transmission frequencies

Reference periods

Crop production

Arable crop production and permanent grassland

Sub-annually and annually

Calendar year

Horticulture production excluding permanent crops

Sub-annually and annually

Calendar year

Permanent crop production

Sub-annually and annually

Calendar year

Crop balances

Cereal balances

Annually

Year

Oil seed balances

Annually

Year

Grasslands and grazing

Management of grazed areas

Every 3 years

Calendar year

 

 

 

Amendment

(b) Crop production statistics1a

 

Topic

Detailed topics

Transmission frequencies

Reference periods

Crop area

Utilised agricultural area, arable land and permanent grassland

Annually

Calendar year

Horticultural crops

Annually

Calendar year

Permanent crops

Annually

Calendar year

Fodder crops

Every 3 years

Calendar year

Fallow land area

Annually

Calendar year

Crop production

Arable crop production and permanent grassland

Sub-annually and annually

Year

Horticulture production excluding permanent crops

Sub-annually and annually

Year

Permanent crop production

Sub-annually and annually

Year

Fodder production

Every 3 years

Calendar year

Crop balances

Cereal balances

Annually

Year

Oil seed balances

Annually

Year

Grasslands and grazing

Management of grazed areas

Every 3 years

Calendar year

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1a Total main area and production specifying organic farming certified and/or under conversion.

 

 

Amendment  85

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – point b a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

 

Amendment

(ba) Organic production and products

 

Topic

Detailed topics

Transmission frequencies

Reference periods

Organic production and products

Organic production and products

Annually

Calendar year

 

 

Justification

In line with Article 5, paragraph 4, in addition, following Action 11 of the Organic Action plan, the Commission will intensify, starting in 2022, the collection of market data in collaboration with MS and extend the EU Market Observatories’ analysis to organic products.

Amendment  86

 

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – point c – table – rows 3, 4 and 5

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

 

Absolute input prices

Fertilisers

Annually

Calendar year

Feedingstuff

Annually

Calendar year

Energy

Annually

Calendar year

 

 

 

 

 

Amendment

 

 

Absolute input prices

Fertilisers

Monthly or quarterly

Calendar year

Plant protection products

Annually

Calendar year

Biocidal products

Annually

Calendar year

Veterinary medicinal products

Annually

Calendar year

Feeding stuff

Annually

Calendar year

Energy

Annually

Calendar year

 

 

Amendment  87

 

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – point d – table

 

Text proposed by the Commission

(d) Statistics on nutrients and plant protection products

 

Topic

Detailed topics

Transmission frequencies

Reference periods

Nutrients in agricultural fertilisers

Inorganic fertilisers for agriculture

Annually

Calendar year

Organic fertilisers for  agriculture

Nutrient balances

Crops and forage nutrient contents coefficients

Every five years

Calendar years

Crop residue volumes and nutrient content coefficients

Biological nitrogen fixation coefficients

Atmospheric nitrogen deposition coefficients

Seed use nutrient content coefficients

Livestock excretion nutrient coefficients

Livestock manure withdrawal volumes and nutrient content coefficients

Plant protection products

Plant protection products placed on the market

Annually

Calendar year

Use of plant protection products in agriculture

Annually

Calendar year

 

 

Amendment

(d) Statistics on nutrients, pesticides, veterinary medicinal products and antibiotics in animal feed

 

Topic

Detailed topics

Transmission frequencies

Reference periods

Nutrients in agricultural fertilisers

Inorganic fertilisers for agriculture

Annually

Calendar year

Organic fertilisers for agriculture

Nutrient balances

Crops and forage nutrient contents coefficients

Every five years

Calendar years

Crop residue volumes and nutrient content coefficients

Biological nitrogen fixation coefficients

Atmospheric nitrogen deposition coefficients

Seed use nutrient content coefficients

Livestock excretion nutrient coefficients

Livestock manure withdrawal volumes and nutrient content coefficients

Plant protection products

Plant protection products placed on the market

Annually

Calendar year

Use of plant protection products in agriculture1a

Annually

Calendar year

Biocidal products

Biocidal products placed on the market

Annually

Calendar year

Use of biocidal products in agriculture

Annually

Calendar year

Veterinary medicinal products intended for food-producing animals and animal feed

Veterinary medicinal products intended for food-producing animals placed on the market

Annually

Calendar year

Use of veterinary medicinal products in food-producing animals

Annually

Calendar year

Antibiotics in animal feed placed on the market

Annually

Calendar year

Use of antibiotics in animal feed

Annually

Calendar year

 

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1a Specifying use on organic farming certified and/or under conversion.

 

 

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Statistics on agricultural input and output and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1165/2008 , (EC) No 543/2009, (EC) No 1185/2009 and Directive 96/16/EC

References

COM(2021)0037 – C9-0009/2021 – 2021/0020(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

2.2.2021

 

 

 

Committee responsible

 Date announced in plenary

AGRI

8.2.2021

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

 Date appointed

Petros Kokkalis

8.3.2021

 

 

 

Date adopted

12.10.2021

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

39

9

0

Members present for the final vote

Mazaly Aguilar, Clara Aguilera, Atidzhe Alieva-Veli, Álvaro Amaro, Eric Andrieu, Carmen Avram, Adrian-Dragoş Benea, Benoît Biteau, Mara Bizzotto, Daniel Buda, Isabel Carvalhais, Asger Christensen, Angelo Ciocca, Ivan David, Paolo De Castro, Jérémy Decerle, Salvatore De Meo, Herbert Dorfmann, Dino Giarrusso, Francisco Guerreiro, Martin Häusling, Martin Hlaváček, Krzysztof Jurgiel, Jarosław Kalinowski, Elsi Katainen, Gilles Lebreton, Norbert Lins, Colm Markey, Alin Mituța, Marlene Mortler, Ulrike Müller, Maria Noichl, Juozas Olekas, Pina Picierno, Bronis Ropė, Bert-Jan Ruissen, Anne Sander, Petri Sarvamaa, Simone Schmiedtbauer, Annie Schreijer-Pierik, Veronika Vrecionová, Sarah Wiener, Juan Ignacio Zoido Álvarez

Substitutes present for the final vote

Joëlle Mélin

Date tabled

14.10.2021

 

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