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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

At the 3193rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 October 2012, Ministers held three orientation debates within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform. The discussions focussed on specific issues in: the proposal for a regulation establishing rules for direct payments to farmers within the framework of the reform of the CAP (direct payments regulation) (15396/3/11); the proposal for a regulation establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (Single CMO regulation) (15397/2/11).
The Commission also briefed the Council on an amendment to a proposal for a regulation on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy (CAP) or "horizontal regulation" in CAP reform package (14314/12). With regard to the amendments on the publication of the names of beneficiaries, some member states pointed out that the de minimis threshold was not necessary for the sake of transparency: in their view, all beneficiaries of CAP payments should be listed. Some others expressed concerns about the details given on the beneficiaries, fearing that this process might interfere with data on private life. They questioned whether the proposal complied with the Court of Justice ruling. An opinion of the Council Legal Service was requested by some delegations.


Source: Council of the European Union