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 http://capreform.eu/
Politico, 31/05/2018: 50 shades of green: Europe’s farm reforms explained https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-europe-farm-reform-common-agricultural-policy-farmers/
Copa-Cogeca: Press Release, 01/06/2018: EU Commission proposal must be improved significantly to ensure viable sector http://www.copa-cogeca.be/Download.ashx?ID=1828647&fmt=pdf
EUObserver, 25/06/2018: Progressive CAP alternative only hope for sustainability https://euobserver.com/opinion/142168
EPRS: Briefing, September 2018: Towards the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020: comparing the reform package with the current regulations http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=IPOL_BRI(2018)617494
EPRS: Briefing, January 2019: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)631725
EurActiv, 10/04/2019: Will the post-2020 CAP be a missed opportunity? https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/will-the-post-2020-cap-be-a-missed-opportunity/
EurActiv: Special Reports, July 2019: The environment in the new CAP https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/special_report/the-environment-in-the-new-cap/

News
EurActiv, 01/06/2018: European Commission under fire after new CAP proposals unveiled https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/european-commission-under-fire-after-new-cap-proposals-release/
EurActiv, 06/07/2018: EP’s AGRI committee no longer alone on CAP reform negotiations https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/agri-committee-no-longer-alone-on-cap-reform-negotiations/
Cyprus Mail, 10/07/2018: Cypriot farmers likely to struggle to meet new EU conditions https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/07/10/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 https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/berlin-joins-opposition-to-eu-commissions-proposed-cuts-for-cap/
EurActiv, 26/11/2019: German farmers will ‘have to declare bankruptcy’ if CAP direct payments are capped https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/german-farmers-will-have-to-declare-bankrupcy-if-cap-direct-payments-are-capped/

Official
European Commission: Future of the common agricultural policy https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/key-policies/common-agricultural-policy/future-cap_en
General Secretariar of the Council: Future of the CAP post 2020 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/cap-future-2020/
European Parliament: Towards a post-2020 common agricultural policy http://www.europarl.europa.eu/factsheets/en/sheet/113/towards-a-post-2020-common-agricultural-policy
Irish Department of Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Post 2020 https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/commonagriculturalpolicycappost2020/
UK Parliament: Lords Select Committee: Common Agricultural Policy reforms post-2020 https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu-energy-environment-subcommittee/scrutiny-work/parliament-2017/cap-reforms-post-2020/
European Commission: Press Release, 01/06/2018: EU budget: the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-3985_en.htm
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 01/06/2018: EU Budget: the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020 [Q&A] http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-18-3974_en.htm

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