Danish Presidency CAP reform progress report

The Danish Presidency has submitted its report to the Agricultural Council on the progress achieved during the first half of 2012 on CAP reform. The report indicates the main amendments suggested by the Presidency to the Commission proposals and on which the Presidency has noted broad support from delegations. The overview report contains a list of working documents in the Annex prepared by the Commission which provide further explanations of its proposals.

In addition to the overview report which notes the positions taken in the Council on the various elements of the Commission’s proposals, the report is accompanied by a series of revised draft regulations which include the specific amendments proposed by the Presidency. The Presidency proposals for the four main revised regulations are as follows.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules for direct payments to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP Reform) – Presidency consolidated revised text

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) (CAP Reform) – Presidency consolidated revised text

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural development (EAFRD) – Presidency consolidated revised text

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy (the horizontal regulation) – Presidency consolidated revised text

An interesting parlour game for CAP watchers for the rest of the summer will be to compare the Presidency draft text for the four regulations with the COMAGRI rapporteurs’ draft texts which will be discussed in COMAGRI on 18-19 June. We will hope to contribute to this analysis on this website.

The Danish Presidency will be pleased at the extent to which it has narrowed the differences within the Council on some of the more contentious issues. But it will take detailed analysis of the individual elements of the four regulations to assess to what extent this is at the expense of a hollowing-out of the Commission’s original proposals.

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