It now looks likely that the Commission MFF proposal in May will shield the CAP budget from further unexpected cuts.
Examining the financial constraints on the size of the CAP budget in the next EU Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF)
Will there be a CAP mid-term review in 2017? And, if so, what should it do?
The next MFF contains no discretionary reduction in CAP Pillar 1 expenditure, over and above what a continuation of current rules would imply, while the discretionary reduction in Pillar 2 is 18% between 2013 and 2020.
Ireland proposes an allocation key based on Pillars 1 and 2 combined which has the virtue of consistency but which would need further modifications to make it acceptable to the new member states.