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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

EU: Council wants compromise on CAP until June

European ministers of agriculture and fisheries are willing to find a compromise with the European Parliament and the Commission on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform before the end of June, was heard during the last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries which took place in Brussels on 13 May 2013.
They  are open to discuss on contentious topics such as the voluntary or mandatory nature of a young and small farmers’ scheme, as well on Presidency’s  proposal for a common negative list of criteria excluding potential beneficiaries, as part of the direct payments chapter.
On active farmer requirements, several delegations could consider the Presidency proposal for a short common negative list of criteria excluding potential beneficiaries, if member states would have the flexibility to complete this list according to national needs. However some member states repeated their opposition to a mandatory negative list.
Although diverging views were expressed on the voluntary or mandatory nature of the young farmers’ scheme and the small farmers’ scheme, a number of member states pointed out their willingness to stay open for possible flexibility on these issues.
In March, the Council reached agreement on a general approach on the reform of the CAP, which enabled negotiations to be launched between the Council, the Parliament and the Commission. Twelve trilogues took place since the beginning of the negotiations. The European Parliament voted on its position at first reading on the CAP reform package on 13 March 2013.

Source: Council of the European Union