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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Council adopts CAP transitional measures

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