New proposals affect agriculture production across EU
The European Commission is preparing new proposals
that will affect agriculture production across the EU's 27 Member States during
what is called the â€œCAP Health Check,â€ set to begin in
In the draft document of the EC's plan, seen by World Poultry, several policy plans are set
out to simplify and expand upon the major overhaul of the EU's
Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) agreed to in 2003. Of major importance is the streamlining of the
Single Payment Scheme (SPS) to take into account all 27 Member States rather than
the 15 Member States the system was designed for.
According to the draft communication, â€œAs more sectors have in the meantime
entered into the SPS and as experience has been gained with operating the
system, certain implementing decisions and rules seem unnecessarily rigid and
The cross-compliance requirement introduced in 2003, which requires
producers receiving aid under the CAP to comply with a range of environmental
standards, will also be streamlined during the 'Health Check'. â€œIn order to
remain an appropriate tool, cross-compliance needs to reflect society's demands
and must strike the right balance between the costs and benefits of any
requirements,â€ the draft communication says.
Further decoupling of payments as well as further reducing the kinds and
amounts of market intervention is also expected during the 'Health Check'.
New proposals linking agriculture with climate change mitigation and
sustainable water use will also be introduced in the coming months.
European Commission will unveil the communication on Nov. 20 with legislative
proposals expected in May.
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