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European Commission Promotes More Flexible Approaches in the Revised CAP

Nov 29th, 2017 |

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is being reviewed so that it is able to lead the transition towards a more sustainable agriculture. The European Commission published Communication  “The future of food and farming – Communication on the Common Agricultural Policy post-2020″ providing orientations for reviewed CAP with a less prescriptive approach and greater subsidiarity at Member State level, to bring the CAP closer to those who implement it on the ground.

While keeping the current two pillar structure, the simpler, more flexible approach will set out the detailed actions to reach these objectives agreed at the EU level. Each EU country would then develop their own strategic plan – approved by the Commission – setting out how they intend to meet the objectives. Rather than on compliance, the attention will be paid more on monitoring progress and ensure funding is focused on concrete results.

Climate change and pressures on natural resources will continue affecting farming and food production. The future CAP should reflect higher ambition as regards resource efficiency, environmental care and climate action. The reformed CAP should  promote river basin stewardship and collective action between farmers and other stakeholders.

Over the next months the discussion and work on the concrete objectives, architecture and design of the future policy will advance in parallel with the work on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). Following the expected Commission proposal for the next MFF in May 2018, legislative proposals on the future CAP are expected before the summer of 2018.

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