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Monday, 28 October 2013

EU institutions agree on transition measures for agriculture in 2014

The Council and the European Parliament reached political agreement ad referendum on transitional measures for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2014 in an informal inter-institutional meeting in Strasbourg on the 23 October 2013. The main elements of this agreement were discussed in an informal trilogue on this issue held in Brussels on 17 October.
The agreement on the reform of the CAP reached between the EU institutions in June and September this year should lead to the adoption of the provisions, together with their publication in the Official Journal, before the end of the year. For direct payments and rural development, the new rules will start to apply as from 1 January 2015. In order to bridge the gap between the current provisions and the reformed CAP, the transitional measures for the year 2014 comprise technical arrangements designed to enable a smooth transition from the current to the new legal framework. At the same time such measures aim to ensure the continuity of the various forms of support under the CAP.
While the EU Common Agricultural Policy has no direct measure concerning international trade, the reform may have an impact on African markets. On 12 October 2011 the Commission presented a set of legal proposals designed to make the CAP a more effective policy for a more competitive and sustainable agriculture and vibrant rural areas. A political agreement on the reform of the CAP has been reached between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, On 26 June 2013.

Source: European Council

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