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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

ECA’s Opinion on legislative proposals for the reform of the CAP

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has recently published its opinion on the Commissions’ legislative proposals for the reform of the Common agricultural policy as of 2014. Even if the Court recognises the efforts made by the Commission to simplify the provisions of the CAP and to address a number of observations made by the Parliament, the Council and the Court, it considers that the legislative framework of this policy remains too complex.
Notably, the Court  states: “In spite of the claim that it focuses on results, the policy remains fundamentally focussed on spending and controlling expenditure and therefore oriented more towards compliance than performance.”
Regarding rural development, the Court underlinesthe importance of setting out specific concrete objectives that the proposed measures are designed to achieve and of ensuring that support is targeted to rural areas where the aid is most needed.
The Court underlines that the effectiveness of the reform will depend on the clarity of the “implementing regulations” the Commission is to set forth, as well as how quickly paying agencies will adapt their procedures and systems.

Source: European Commission