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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Agreement on CAP Reform possible before end of the year

With the focus on reaching a partial general approach on the CAP Reform before the end of the year, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council continued the discussions on the reform proposals. On the first day of the AGRI-FISH Council in Luxembourg (22 October 2012), the Agriculture Ministers of the EU examined the Regulation proposal on direct payments, over two round table discussions. During the first round, the issue of internal approach on direct payments was debated, for which the European Commission suggests that Member States must achieve an even level of direct payments at a regional level by 2019.
During the second round table discussion, the plan to support younger farmers through the first pillar was examined. The majority of the Member states highlighted the need for flexibility in supporting younger farmers, in order to increase the small number of farmers in the EU in the near future. Additionally, a large number of Member States are in favour of the creation of a volunteer scheme, within the context of the first pillar, in parallel with the voluntary character of the second pillar.
The proposed Regulation for market organisation on agricultural products was also discussed. The ministers examined the obligatory recognition of Producer Associations and Producer Organisations. On the issue of competitiveness rules, different views were expressed regarding the possibility of the existence of a dominant position in the market.
The chair of the AGRI-FISH Council concluded: “Today’s meeting was very important because, according to the results of our discussions, the AGRI-FISH Council is expected to reach a partial general agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy before the end of the year”.

Source: Cyprus Presidency