Regulation (EU) 2021/2115 establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the common agricultural policy (CAP Strategic Plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

Author (Corporate) ,
Series Title
Series Details L 435, Pages 1-186
Publication Date 06/12/2021
Content Type ,


Regulation (EU) 2021/2115 - signed off by the co-legislators on 2 December 2021 - establishing rules on support for the Strategic Plans drawn up by the Member States of the European Union (EU) in the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which are financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). It repeals Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013.

Further information:

The Regulation sets out rules on the objectives to be pursued through support financed by EAGF and EAFRD under the CAP as well as related indicators. It also lays down rules on the types of intervention and common requirements for Member States to pursue those objectives as well as the related financial arrangements. It sets out rules on the so-called CAP Strategic Plans and on coordination and governance, as well as monitoring, reporting and evaluation. It covers a period between 2023 and 2027.

Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 sets out the objectives of the EAFRD, the rules governing EU support to rural developments funded by this instrument and how it contributes to rural and agricultural development for the period 2014-2020. Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 sets out rules for direct payments made to support farmers under the CAP.

As foreseen in its 2017 Work Programme, the European Commission held consultations on the simplification and modernisation of the CAP. The outcome was presented in a Communication on the Future of Food and Farming, published in November 2017. It later informed a legislative package introducing a new CAP reform, published on 1 June 2018 by the Commission in the framework of the discussions concerning the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027. There was an understanding that the sectoral context had changed substantially since the previous reform, and so had the wider objectives of the European Union.

The European Parliament's relevant committee initially approved a preliminary position on 2 April 2019. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 21 October 2020. Under a new parliamentary term, the Parliament's plenary adopted its own negotiating position on 23 October. Trilogue negotiations were launched in November 2020. An informal agreement on a compromise text for this file was reached by the co-legislators on 25 June 2021. This was formally endorsed by the Parliament on 23 November and by the Council on 2 December. The Act was signed on the same day and published in the Official Journal on 6 December 2021.

Source Link
Related Links
Commentary and Analysis
Heinrich Böell Foundation: Dossiers: CAP Strategic Plans
Arc2020: Tag: CAP Strategic Plans
CAP Reform Blog by Professor Alan Matthews: Tag: CAP Strategic Plans
CAP Reform Blog, 21/06/2018: CAP strategic planning: scope and implications
EPRS: Study, October 2018: The CAP Strategic Plans beyond 2020 - Assessing the architecture in order to achieve the EU-wide objectives
CAN Europe: News, 10/05/2021: The assessment of draft CAP Strategic Plans reveals that the European agriculture would fail to deliver climate action
Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP): Publications, 11/10/2021: CAP Strategic Plans shadow assessment of environmental needs: France
EPRS: Briefing, November 2021: CAP strategic plans
BirdLife: News, 17/11/2021: CAP Strategic Plans: New assessment shows Member States fall short of saving nature

EurActiv: Links Dossiers: CAP Tracker – Next steps for the national strategic plans, 27/01/2019: CAP strategic plan facing thousands of amendments
EurActiv, 14/10/2021: EU member states struggling with tight deadline for ‘CAP strategic plans’
EurActiv, 19/11/2021: Commissioner to oppose CAP plans restricting support for small, medium farmers

EUR-LEX: COM(2018)392: Proposal for a Regulation establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
EUR-LEX: SWD(2018)301: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the common agricultural policy (CAP strategic plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 2021–2027 (2018/0216(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Proposal for rules establishing Common Agricultural Policy Strategic Plans
European Commission: Common Agricultural Policy: CAP Strategic Plans
European Commission: Press Release, 01/06/2018: EU budget: the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020
European Parliament: Press Release, 02/04/2019: Fairer, simpler, more flexible EU farm policy: MEPs vote on post-2020 reform
Slovenian Government: News, 04/02/2021: 2023–2027 Common agricultural policy Strategic plan
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 25/06/2021: Council and EP strike provisional deal on the future of the CAP
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 28/06/2021: Farming ministers confirm CAP reform deal
European Parliament: Press Release, 23/11/2021: Common Agricultural Policy reform gets final approval from MEPs
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 02/12/2021: Council adopts fairer, greener and more performance-based farming policy for 2023-2027

Subject Categories ,
Subject Tags , ,
Keywords , ,
International Organisations