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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

CAP reform package and transitional measures 2014

The last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries (16-17 December 2013) adopted the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament.
Following the adoption by the Council on 16 December of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package and transitional CAP measures for 2014 (see document 17854/13), the President of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council ratified today the documents in presence of the ministers from Denmark, Cyprus and Ireland and the vice-minister from Poland.
With this signature, the Lithuanian Presidency finalises the process initiated in 2011 by the Polish Presidency and carried on successively by the Danish Presidency, the Cyprus Presidency and the Irish Presidency under which a political agreement on the package was reached with the European Parliament. The CAP reform package and transitional CAP measures for 2014 will also be signed by the President of the European Parliament.
This reform sets out the new rules for the CAP in the next seven-year period, in order to equip the European agricultural sector for the opportunities and challenges of the future. The main objectives of the reform are to make the CAP greener and better targeted, with a more equitable distribution of income support to farmers across the Union and a more effective rural development policy.
The CAP reform package comprises four main legal texts: first, the regulation establishing rules for direct payments to farmers; second, the regulation establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products; third, the regulation on support for rural development; fourth, the regulation on the financing, management and monitoring of the CAP (horizontal regulation).
The package also includes a transitional regulation for the year 2014 to bridge the gap between the existing legal framework and the elements of the reform for which it was decided that they will apply only from 2015 (particularly as regards direct payments and rural development), in order to give Member States sufficient time to roll out the new policy on the ground. Finally, as part of the CAP reform package, the Council also adopted a regulation determining measures on fixing certain aids and refunds related to the common organisation of the markets in agricultural products. This regulation sets out the market management measures to be decided upon by Council on its own under Article 43(3) TFEU.

Source: Council of the European Union