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Friday, 23 March 2012

Ministers discuss CAP reform simplification

Ministers recently held an exchange of views on the simplification within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform. Many delegations expressed concern as the six principles which were outlined in March 2011, have not been taken sufficiently into account in the CAP reform package presented by the Commission. Fearing the potential significant increase in the administrative burden, most delegations voiced concern over the introduction of a definition of an active farmer.
Many member states suggested that it should be left to subsidiarity. The issues of greening, and the new payment model were discussed, as they would all represent an increase in administrative costs. Some delegations questioned the benefits of the greening measures, such as permanent grassland, crop diversification and ecological focus area. In light of the significant administrative costs involved, delegations stressed the need for value added.

Source: Council of the EU