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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 331]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 331]
Send date: 2012-07-13 16:17:05
Issue #: 147
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week
  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 16/07 to 22/07/2012
  2. Our video guest: John Orchard, Natural Resources Institute
  3. The opportunities of climate-smart agriculture for ACP countries
  4. EU restrictions hit Botswana’s beef exports
  5. EU and Ghana aim for prompt conclusion of EPA talks
  6. Mr. Ciolos disagrees that EU rules for sugar market are unfair
  7. Grants to fishermen operating in waters of Guinea-Bissau
  8. ACP group: ready to map out path to more viable future
  9. Conference to present future outlook of climate change agenda
  10. EC releases report on trade and raw materials
  11. Addressing the food crisis in Sahel: EU Aid to Senegal
  12. Food safety: new Risk Communications Guidelines
  13. Grants to poorest communities for disaster-preparedness
  14. DEVE Committee aims for responsibility in middle-income countries
  15. PECH Committee keen to empower EC on fish import ban
  16. Cypriot Presidency will push for a sustainable development agenda
  17. Food commodity prices may remain on a higher plateau
  18. EU's commitment to help South Sudan achieve durable prosperity
  19. Cyprus Presidency delves into EU Development Aid
  20. Caribbean civil society to get more involved in EU-CARIFORUM EPA
  21. EU at forefront in AfT
  22. EU aims to depeen cooperation with Dominican Republic
  23. The Council adopts CAP transitional measures


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 16/07 to 22/07/2012
    2012-07-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    Council of Ministers
    -16 July: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI-FISH)
    -18 July: COREPER I
    -18/19 July: COREPER II
    ACP Group
    - 16 July:  Management meeting
    - 16/20 July: Regional meeting ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

    You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.




  2. Our video guest: John Orchard, Natural Resources Institute
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    Among the many issues discussed during the course of the last Brussels Development Briefing on Food losses and Food Waste, the post-harvest losses dilemma in Sub-Saharan Africa drew particular attention. Members of the audience and speakers exchanged views of ongoing and prospective measures to reduce losses at the different stages of the value chain, as this could improve the livelihoods of the actors involved.  We recently met with John Orchard, Director of Research at the Natural Resources Institute  (University of Greenwich, United Kingdom), who spoke to us on this topic.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Addressing food waste in times of crisis
    Link Natural Resources Institute


  3. The opportunities of climate-smart agriculture for ACP countries
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Policy

    The next Brussels Briefing will take place on 27th September 2012 and will be on the opportunities presented by climate-smart agriculture, or “agriculture that sustainably increases productivity resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes greenhouse gases (mitigation) while enhancing the achievement of national food security and development goals” (FAO).
    It will call attention to proven agricultural techniques and innovative practices, such as better weather forecasting, early-warning systems and risk insurance, which can help minimise the adverse effects of climate change faced by farmers. The briefing will highlight the critical issue of innovative ways of financing adaptation to climate change and the need to increase investment in climate-smart technologies.

    You can register at: brusselsbriefings.net




  4. EU restrictions hit Botswana’s beef exports
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    According to an article by Professor Roman Grynberg, the former director of Economic Governance with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, on the access of Botswanan beef to EU market,  “declining subsidies and increasing restrictions are forcing the country to think the unthinkable”. Botswana has been dependent on beef exports to the EU and this remains a key element of the country’s international trade policy.
    The author, also current senior research fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, points out that the demand and production are expected to be stagnant until 2020, but the price of beef in the EU market could fall by 15% to 33% by the end of the decade if the WTO negotiations come to an end. The beef sector will experience the sharpest downward price adjustment because it still remains heavily protected by high tariffs.
    However, even if EU prices may decline, the EU is also imposing more serious sanitary, health and animal standards on trade, making it more expensive for farmers and policymakers in Botswana to comply with its standards.
    “Perhaps it is time for Botswana to openly ask whether beef access to the EU is really worth the cost, or should it focus its relatively small exports on national, South African and possibly Asian or Middle Eastern markets? Given the history and the economics, this seems unlikely”, he concludes.

    Source: Mail & Guardian Online


    Link Read more
    Link Funds to help in Botswana
    Link EU-Botswana


  5. EU and Ghana aim for prompt conclusion of EPA talks
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    According to a press release by Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the West African country and the EU are looking forward to concluding their talks on the proposed ECOWAS-EU EPAs. Both pledged their commitment to the EPAs, in line with the Cotonou Agreement, at a political dialogue meeting last week in Accra.
    They reaffirmed their determination to take all necessary steps to ensure the conclusion of EPA talks and  recalled of the mutual benefits accruing from the Interim EPAs initialed in 2007. In their words, the implementation of the EPAs should be “finalized to promote further the investment climate between the two partners”.

    Source: Xinhuanet


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Ghana
    Link Ghana presses ECOWAS for consensus on EPA


  6. Mr. Ciolos disagrees that EU rules for sugar market are unfair
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    According to the latest statements by Dacian Ciolos, the EU Agriculture Commissioner, EU rules for the sugar market do not favour beet producers over refiners of raw cane sugar. Some members of the European Parliament from Finland, Portugal, Italy and Bulgaria wrote to Mr. Ciolos in May, stating that EU rules concerning the sugar market were making refining in the EU “unviable”. Now, the EU Agriculture Commissioner has expressed his disagreement with that approach.
    “I do not agree that this approach produces a system skewed in favor of the sugar beet sector […] These measures are intended to meet the needs of different operators, including refiners, who will thereby have the opportunity to participate in tenders, according to their needs and competitiveness”, he concludes.

    Source: Bloomberg


    Link Read more
    Link EU Sugar market
    Link Sugar Trade Statistics


  7. Grants to fishermen operating in waters of Guinea-Bissau
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    According to the Fish Site, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Guinea-Bissau is in the process of awarding grants to operators and crews of vessels fishing in waters of the country, as these have been hard hit by the suspension of the Agreement between the EU and the African country. Aid for the owners is set to reach approximately €290,000 per month, and €45,000 per month for the crew.
    The political situation in the country and the impossibility of ensuring the safety of ships and their crews in these waters, led the European Union Council to decide not completing the internal approval process of the new protocol agreement with Guinea Bissau.

    Source: Fish Site


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Guinea Bissau
    Link Fishermen affected by fishing pact


  8. ACP group: ready to map out path to more viable future
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Following last week's Caribbean Community’s Heads of Government Conference, top officials attending the event were invited to contribute to key discussions later this year on the future the ACP Group.
    Speaking at the high level forum hosted on Gros Islet, Saint Lucia from 4 to 6 July, the Secretary General of the ACP Group,  Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas  urged leaders to attend the 7th Summit of ACP Heads of States and Governments on 13 and 14 December in Equatorial Guinea, as the theme of the event is The Future of the ACP Group in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities.
    “The ACP comprises 79 member countries [and] with the prospect of the new Republic of South Sudan joining us soon, our membership will rise to eighty. There is potential to build on this numerical strength to promote the collective cause of some of the poorest countries in the world – including vulnerable small island states […]  As we look to the years ahead, we recognise the need to reinvent the ACP as a meaningful player on the world stage... This summit will be of historic import to the future of the ACP as we seek to consolidate on our achievements while mapping the path to a more viable future”, said Dr Chambas.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link Future direction of ACP group
    Link 7th Meeting of the ACP/EU


  9. Conference to present future outlook of climate change agenda
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, ACP-EU Policy

    According to recent updates by the ACP Secretariat, a global conference to be held in November will present the future outlook of the climate change agenda, with special emphasis on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The conference, organised by Hamburg University, is set to take place entirely online.
    Secretary General for the ACP Group,  Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas will be Patron for the event. Accordingly, he has stated:  “This year’s focus on the small island states is also particularly relevant for us because most of these states, if not all, are very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. We at the ACP support the unique concept of the conference, in our efforts to raise awareness about the specific opportunities and challenges faced in ACP countries, so that they are better understood.”

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link Briefing on Small Island Economies
    Link UN Under Secretary General on SIDS


  10. EC releases report on trade and raw materials
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    The European Commission has issued its second activity report in relation to trade and raw materials. The report presents an overview of activities carried out in the field of trade and raw materials over the last two years and the achievements made in negotiations in the bilateral and multilateral context.
    This edition of the report focuses on the achievements made in negotiations both in the bilateral context through FTAs and Association Agreements, and in the multilateral context through WTO accessions with strategic EU partners.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read the report
    Link Raw Materials Initiative


  11. Addressing the food crisis in Sahel: EU Aid to Senegal
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Archive, Rural development

    In the context of the looming food crisis which has long plagued the Sahel region, the EU, along with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), will provide food aid to Senegal, for the 314 000 most vulnerable people in the areas most at risk - Casamance (Ziguinchor, Sedhiou and Kolda), Tambacounda, Kédougou and Matam.
    Accordingly, Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, recalled that food crisis is threatening hundreds of thousands of lives in Senegal. “We must show solidarity and support the Senegalese Government at this difficult juncture, in both the short and medium terms. The aid we are giving today is in addition to our efforts to reinforce Senegal’s agricultural systems and make the Sahel region countries more resilient to external shocks", he concluded.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU initiative to reinforce Sahel resilience
    Link ACP-EU JPA fears instability domino effect


  12. Food safety: new Risk Communications Guidelines
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy

    The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA),  in collaboration with national food safety agencies, has published a document entitled“When Food Is Cooking Up a Storm – Proven Recipes for Risk Communications”, which lays out new guidelines to provide  practical guidance, and share knowledge and experience to improve risk communications within the European food safety system. The guidelines will be periodically revisited and updated with best practice case studies.
    EFSA’s Director of Communications, Anne-Laure Gassin has pointed out: “Communicators in public health authorities across Europe often face the daunting task of assessing what to communicate, when and how best to do so. The aim of these guidelines is to provide a framework to assist communications practitioners with this type of decision-making, looking at the different communications approaches in a wide variety of situations that can occur when assessing and communicating on food-related risks and concerns in Europe.”

    Source: EFSA


    Link Read more
    Link Guidelines
    Link White Paper on Food Safety


  13. Grants to poorest communities for disaster-preparedness
    2012-07-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    A number of regions will benefit  from the European Commission's Disaster-Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO). Around € 35 million will help victims of natural disasters. The funds will go to the poorest communities in Central America, Central Asia, the Caucasus, South-East Asia and Southern Africa.
    Speaking of the importance of disaster-preparedness, Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, has said: "Experience shows that simple measures for disaster-preparedness like early warning alerts, elevated homes or providing boats can make all the difference between saving and losing lives, homes and livelihoods. We see disaster risk reduction as an investment, not as a cost: in fact a euro spent on preparing for disasters saves €7 responding to them."
    These new funds will go to the following regions particularly vulnerable to natural disasters: € 10 million to Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama), €11 million to South East Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, East Timor and Vietnam, Burma/Myanmar and Thailand), €8 million to Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and € 6 million in Southern Africa (Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi and Namibia).

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about DIPECHO
    Link European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid


  14. DEVE Committee aims for responsibility in middle-income countries
    2012-07-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive

    According to MEPs on the Development (DEVE) committee, emerging economies should be encouraged to allocate more of their revenues to social programmes through EU development aid, with an eye towards gradually reducing the latter.
    The committee notes that 70 % of the world’s poor live in middle-income countries and deplores the fact that, even in the emerging economies, they still lack access to education, healthcare and other benefits of economic growth.  
    Speaking of  official development assistance (ODA) commitments, rapporteur Charles Goerens said: "The Commission should negotiate a roadmap for the gradual reduction of ODA with middle-income countries. EU development policy should strive to make countries that still receive development aid more responsible for their own people.”

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Agenda for Change
    Link EU to fulfill ODA commitments


  15. PECH Committee keen to empower EC on fish import ban
    2012-07-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Commission may receive the power to ban EU imports of fish from overfished stocks and related species, after the EP Fisheries (PECH) Committee endorsed a new deal to this effect. The agreement still needs to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole  in september and the Council soon after.
    According to the European Parliament press service, MEPs insisted in the negotiations that to ensure the long-term sustainability of fish stocks of common interest to the EU and third countries, the EU should take a hard line on third countries that fail to live up to their responsibilities.
    The rapporteur and head of the Parliament's negotiating team Pat the Cope Gallagher, aid accordingly: "I strongly believe that the agreed text will deliver both workable and effective trade sanctions, which will act as a real deterrent to countries who engage in unsustainable fishing practices now and in the future".  

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about PECH Committee
    Link Steps against unsustainable fishing


  16. Cypriot Presidency will push for a sustainable development agenda
    2012-07-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment

    As the priorities of Cyprus' Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers have been presented to European Parliament committees by Cypriot ministers this week, Sofoclis Aletraris minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment,  stressed  Cyprus' commitment to drive forward the sustainable development agenda, despite rather limited outcomes from the Rio+20 summit.
    Water, climate and biodiversity issues also encouraged discussion , ahead of further UN summits in Hyderabad and Doha. MEPs exchanged views on proposals that may be made on Cyprus' watch, like the revision of the 2020 CO2 reduction target.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link An opportunity missed, but not a failure
    Link Environmental plans to face challenges


  17. Food commodity prices may remain on a higher plateau
    2012-07-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Rural development, ACP-EU Trade

    According to a recent OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook,  while international agricultural commodity markets appear to have entered calmer conditions after record highs last year, food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production.
    The report suggests that in addition to population growth higher per capita incomes, urban migration and changing diets in developing countries, as well as rising requirements for biofuel feedstocks, are underpinning demand pressures. At the same time, agricultural output by traditional exporting developed countries has been slow to respond to higher prices in the last decade.
    Higher demand will be met increasingly by supplies that come to market at higher cost. With farmland area expected to expand only slightly in the coming decade, additional production will need to come from increased productivity, including by reducing productivity gaps in developing countries.

    Source: FAO



    Link Read more
    Link Read the report
    Link Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility


  18. EU's commitment to help South Sudan achieve durable prosperity
    2012-07-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Rural development, Archive, ACP-EU Trade

    In the light of the first anniversary of the Republic of South Sudan ‘s independence, the High Representative Catherine Ashton and Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said in a joint statement that the EU reaffirms its commitment to support the country and help its people achieve durable prosperity through its development assistance programme. The EU wishes the people of South Sudan a happy anniversary, acknowledges the efforts by the Government of South Sudan and encourages its leaders to show the necessary statesmanship to pursue this endeavour.
    As we informed our readers some weeks ago, the Republic of South Sudan  is set to  become the 80th member of the ACP Group, as its request  (March 2012) to accede to the ACP-EU partnership has been approved at the recent Joint Council of Ministers meeting in Vanuatu.

    Source: Council of the EU  


    Link Read more
    Link South Sudan to join the ACP
    Link EU to take action on Sudan-South Sudan issue


  19. Cyprus Presidency delves into EU Development Aid
    2012-07-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The  Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis met the EP Committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Development (DEVE), this week. She presented the priorities of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU in several fields, including EU's Humanitarian Aid.
    Speaking of the importance the importance of the EU’s development and humanitarian aid policy, Mrs. Marcoullis  said: “Cyprus is assuming the Presidency at a difficult juncture when development and humanitarian aid budgets of member-states are under great pressure from the global economic and financial crisis. We believe, however, the European Union must maintain and strengthen its global leadership in addressing the many humanitarian challenges that we are faced with.”
    Recalling of two of the most severe recurring humanitarian emergencies, in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, he said that it was needed to effectively address the underlying causes of structural food insecurity, displacement and the strengthening of resilience of the countries in the region.
    She commended the efforts of the outgoing Danish Presidency, as well as of the Commission, in advancing the EU’s development and humanitarian agendas through initiatives such as the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps and the renewed Food Aid Convention, which have the full support of the Cyprus Presidency.

    Source: Cyprus Presidency


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about Cyprus presidency
    Link Public support to EU humanitarian aid


  20. Caribbean civil society to get more involved in EU-CARIFORUM EPA
    2012-07-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Following the the ACP-EU Regional Seminar of Economic and Social Interest Groups,  which was recently organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Santo Domingo, Caribbean civil society organizations along with the CARIFORUM Secretariat, a subgroup of ACP countries for economic dialogue with the EU, made a commitment to define, before mid September 2012, the composition of the Caribbean side of the civil society Consultative Committee,  which is the only joint EU-CARIFORUM body in the EPA Agreement that has not yet been set up.
    The Consultative Committee will deal with economic, social and environmental aspects of relations between the EU and CARIFORUM. The proposal on the composition will be presented to the EU-CARIFORUM Trade and Development Committee in September and will hopefully be adopted by the Joint EU-CARIFORUM Council in October 2012. This decision will make the Consultative Committee fully operational.
    As discussions during the seminar also addressed what the region can do to foster sustainable and inclusive growth,  Ms Brenda King, President of the ACP-EU  said accordingly: “The transition to sustainable and inclusive growth needs the involvement of non-state-actors in order to be successful. This implies that democratic processes are in place and that a dialogue exists between non-state-actors and political decision makers”.

    Source: EESC


    Link Read all ACP-EU updates
    Link New strategy on the horizon
    Link EPA concerns over Caribbean region


  21. EU at forefront in AfT
    2012-07-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to a new monitoring report by the European Commission, the EU and its Member States are the largest provider of Aid for Trade (AfT) in the world.  In 2010, the EU already accounted for around a third of total worldwide AfT; maintaining the all-time high registered the year before and totalling some €10.7 billion committed.
    On Trade Related Assistance, the EU and its Member States had already met their €2 billion target, committed in the 2007's EU Aid for Trade Strategy, both in 2008 and in 2009. Aid for Trade helps countries to develop trade strategies, build trade-related infrastructure and improve their productive capacity in order to encourage growth and reduce poverty. Activities include helping countries to build their capacity to trade, through training and technical cooperation such as supporting national trade priorities, adjusting legislation on trade and providing technical assistance for studies on trade-related subjects. The report shows that total Trade Related Assistance reached €2.6 billion in 2010 and the EU and its Member States remain the biggest providers; making up 60% of global commitments. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the main beneficiary of EU Aid for Trade.
    Accordingly, Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs said: "Increasing and improving trade opportunities is part of the solution towards inclusive and sustainable growth of developing countries. Indeed, no country has ever lifted itself out of poverty without trade, at regional and international level. The EU is committed to maintain its world leader position on Aid for Trade. We need to make sure that people in the world's poorest countries have access to markets, helping them to make a living, create jobs and encourage growth as a result."

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU and AfT
    Link EU Accountability Report 2012


  22. EU aims to depeen cooperation with Dominican Republic
    2012-07-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Following a recent meeting with with Leonel Fernández Reyna President of the Dominican Republic, Herman Van Rompuy has confirmed in a press statement that relations between the EU and the Dominican Republic are on track . He has recalled that the EU is the second trade partner of the Caribbean country, as well as its most important foreign investor. “The EU is also the first development partner of the Dominican Republic with a programme worth more than Euro 280 million”, he adds.
    Speaking of the existing cooperation framework with the country, Mr. Van Rompuy has said: “We are interested in increasing dialogue and cooperation with the Dominican Republic in the areas of human rights, counternarcotics, business climate, the security of investments, competitiveness, trade, and relations with Haiti.”
    The Dominican Republic’s relations with the EU are developed since the accession of the country to the Lomé IV Convention.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Dominican Republic
    Link EU eases restrictions on Dominican imports


  23. The Council adopts CAP transitional measures
    2012-07-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Trade

    According to a press release by the Council, a set of amendments to Regulation 73/2009 concerning the application of direct payments to farmers in the year 2013 has been adopted following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament.
    This regulation (the "2013" regulation) is one of two transitional regulations to be adopted this year ahead of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform which is scheduled to enter into force in 2014.
    The other transitional regulation (agreement expected in September) concerns support to vine growers. The aim of the "2013" regulation is to provide for a smooth transition from the current direct payments system (Regulation 73/2009) to the new payments scheme foreseen by the Commission in the CAP reform proposals.
    This includes providing an adjustment mechanism similar to modulation, so as to ensure
    continuity in payment levels while taking into account the phasing-in of direct payments in the new Member States.
    It also includes provisions to allow for transition from the existing voluntary modulation
    mechanism ; the complementary national direct payments / state aid mechanisms applied in some new Member States and a mechanism to facilitate the more efficient use of funds.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Know more
    Link Reading agreement with the Parliament
    Link Know morea bout the CAP reform



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