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CAP: EU is moving in the right direction

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

CAP: EU is moving in the right direction

Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris,  thinks that the CAP is moving in the right direction. During the course of the first day of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council  (Brussels),  ministers continued the intensive work on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) Reform with the aim of achieving a partial general approach before the end of the Cyprus Presidency. In particular, ministers exchanged views of the draft Rural Development Regulation and the draft Regulation on the proposed Single Market Organisation.
According to a recent update by the Cyprus Presidency,  the orientation debate on both regulations was introduced by means of a Presidency questionnaire, which focused on Member States’ concerns.
Regarding the Rural Development Regulation, Member States were positive for the proposed greater flexibility on the application of fine tuning as regards excluding those areas facing significant natural constraints (ANC) which have been overcome by investments or economic activities. Member states were also positive towards prolonging the transition period up to the end of 2015.
Many delegations noted that the Commission Proposal regarding the safety net strikes the right balance even though there is space for further improvements. Regarding the reference prices a great number of delegations supported a mechanism for an adaptation. A smaller number of member states consider the current level of reference prices to be sufficient.  
The Council will continue its work on the CAP reform at its next meeting in October.

Source: Cyprus Presidency