Proposals setting out Common Agricultural Policy plans for the period 2021-2027

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Set of legislative proposals put forward by the European Commission in June 2018 aimed at a revision of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2021-2027.

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The set of proposals are intended to offer Member States greater flexibility and responsibility for choosing how and where to invest their CAP funding in order to meet the goals set at EU level for the agricultural sector, while at the same time ensuring fair and targeted support to farmers' income. The initiatives are for a Regulation on the CAP Strategic Plans (a proposed new way of working covering direct payments to farmers, rural development support and sectoral support programmes), a regulation on the Single Common Market Organisation (CMO) and a horizontal regulation on financing, managing and monitoring the CAP.

These proposals gave shape to the ideas for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, as outlined in the Communication on the Future of Food and Farming put forward by the European Commission at an earlier stage. They were also put forward in the framework of the discussions on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2017.

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Commentary and Analysis
Blog on CAP Reform by Professor Alan Matthews, Trinity College Dublin
Politico, 31/05/2018: 50 shades of green: Europe’s farm reforms explained
Copa-Cogeca: Press Release, 01/06/2018: EU Commission proposal must be improved significantly to ensure viable sector
EUObserver, 25/06/2018: Progressive CAP alternative only hope for sustainability
EPRS: Briefing, September 2018: Towards the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020: comparing the reform package with the current regulations
EPRS: Briefing, January 2019: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
EurActiv, 10/04/2019: Will the post-2020 CAP be a missed opportunity?
EurActiv: Special Reports, July 2019: The environment in the new CAP

EurActiv, 01/06/2018: European Commission under fire after new CAP proposals unveiled
EurActiv, 06/07/2018: EP’s AGRI committee no longer alone on CAP reform negotiations
Cyprus Mail, 10/07/2018: Cypriot farmers likely to struggle to meet new EU conditions
EurActiv, 17/07/2018: Berlin joins opposition to EU Commission’s proposed cuts for CAP
EurActiv, 26/11/2019: German farmers will ‘have to declare bankruptcy’ if CAP direct payments are capped

European Commission: Future of the common agricultural policy
General Secretariar of the Council: Future of the CAP post 2020
European Parliament: Towards a post-2020 common agricultural policy
Irish Department of Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Post 2020
UK Parliament: Lords Select Committee: Common Agricultural Policy reforms post-2020
European Commission: Press Release, 01/06/2018: EU budget: the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 01/06/2018: EU Budget: the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020 [Q&A]

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