Communication: The future of food and farming

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Series Details (2017) 713 final
Publication Date 30/05/2018
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The European Commission adopted on 29 November 2017 a Communication outlining ideas on the future of food and farming, in the context of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The European Parliament's plenary session backed on 30 May 2018 an initiative responding to this Communication.

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This Communication proposes a number of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), focusing primarily on making it simpler and ensuring the best value-for-money. As well as outlining the priority areas that the future CAP must address, it also proposes a more flexible approach to implementing the policy in order to guarantee more effective results. Therefore, allowing Member States greater responsibilities to choose how and where to invest their CAP funding.

The European Commission launched a consultation in February 2017 on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in order to better understand where the current policy could be simplified and modernised. The findings were published in July 2017. The consultation found that most respondents wanted to keep a strong common agricultural policy at European Union level but that it needed to be simpler and more flexible, and more focused on meeting the key challenges.

This Communication responds to the conclusions of that consultation.

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European Commission: Press Release, 29.11.17: The Future of Food and Farming – for a flexible, fair and sustainable Common Agricultural Policy
European Commission: The future of food and farming - Communication on the Common Agricultural Policy post-2020 [FAQ]
ESO: Key Source: Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. Future of the CAP, 2020-
EurActiv: Special Reports: How the CAP works for you
RTÉ, 29.11.17: Compulsory caps could be imposed on EU direct farm support payments
EUObserver, 29.11.17: Commission eyes end of 'one-size-fits-all' farm policy
Agriland, 29.11.17: 'If we don’t have farmers, we don’t have food': Reaction to CAP 2020 proposals
EurActiv, 30.11.17: Parliament cautiously welcomes post-2020 CAP vision
Kathimerini, 30.11.17: CAP holds opportunities, challenges for Greek agriculture
European Parliament: Press Release, 30.05.18: MEPs push for modern common policy with fair funding
European Parliament: Press Release, 16.05.18: Future EU farm policy: Agriculture MEPs urge fair funding, no renationalisation
EP: Legislative Observatory: Future of food and farming

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