REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the functioning of Regulation (EU) No 1337/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 concerning European statistics on permanent crops
1. This report from the Commission describes the implementation of Regulation 1337/2011 relating to EU statistics on permanent crops, specifically orchard crops and vineyards. So far, there have been three data collections: two on orchard crops (2012 and 2017) and one on vineyards (2015).
2. Article 13 of Regulation 1337/2011 requires that the Commission must review the functioning of the regulation by 31 December 2018 and every 5 years thereafter. The Commission must assess whether it is necessary to produce all of the stipulated data and has the power to delete requirements if no longer required.
3. Feedback from Member States and expert groups has shown that this Regulation has been problematic to implement as well as costly, averaging EUR 220,000 per Member State. Moreover, user needs have changed.
4. The Commission considers that much of the detail required within this Regulation is no longer required (e.g. species groups for apples, detail on age and crop density). They also consider that the threshold for vineyard data collection should be raised to 1000 ha to align with other measures and registers. However, this is countered with a requirement to provide data on orchards at a more detailed geographic level NUTS2 rather than NUTS1 ).
5. In line with Eurostat’s ‘Strategy for Agricultural Statistics towards 2020 and beyond’, Regulation (1337/2011) has been repealed with effect from 1 January 2022. There will be one more data collection on vineyards under the existing regulation 1337/2011