The Commission Communication on modernising and simplifying the CAP will likely focus on limited amendments to the current CAP basic acts.
Revisions to the CAP basic acts in the coming years will likely be incremental, with a major rethink put off to 2022 or 2023.
European Parliament begins preparations for MFF Mid-Term Review/Revision
The prescribed review/revision of the EU’s multi-annual financial framework will take place in 2016 – will it have implications for agricultural spending?
How did the parallel negotiations on the size and composition of the MFF influence the outcome of the 2013 CAP reform?
There appears to be little appetite for further CAP reform in the near future.
Budget battles between the Council and Parliament : what they might mean for farm payments in December
The outstanding elements in the CAP political agreement are finally agreed.
France runs away in the new allocation of Pillar 2 rural development funds.
How member states direct payment envelopes are affected by the European Council conclusions on the next MFF.
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.
A flurry of activity in the past two days under the Irish Presidency opens the path to approval of the new CAP regulations in September.
While it will be difficult for the Parliament to accept, now is not the time for it to use the blunderbuss of its veto power by rejecting the MFF for an unprecedented time.
The compromise MFF agreement is a major achievement for the Irish Presidency but approval by the Council and the Parliament will be a rocky process.
With the MFF negotiations between Council and Parliament headings towards a high-noon showdown next Tuesday 18 June, this post recalls the steps in the trilogue process to this point.
Time is running out to conclude this CAP reform under the Irish Presidency, but a June agreement remains a possibility.
The Parliament’s refusal to begin the planned MFF trilogues with the Council makes it difficult to envisage a political agreement under the Irish Presidency.
This is a shortened version of a post which was first written for the Institute for International and European Affairs EnvironmentNexus blog From the perspective of the agricultural environment, there are three elements in the European Council conclusions on the EU’s Multi-annual Financial Framework on 7-8 February which should be noted. The first element is [...]
A new budget for 2014-2020 has been agreed by the Council yesterday, suggesting that the CAP will not change remarkably in the future.
Even if the European Council agree on a new 7-year EU budget this week, approval by the Parliament is not a foregone conclusion.
Use this MFF ready reckoner to evaluate the proposal put by van Rompuy to European Council leaders later this week.
The Irish Presidency faces an uphill battle to reach agreement on CAP reform during its six-months tenure.
There has been much interest in the provenance of the figures on the allocation of rural development funding between member states which I discussed in this post earlier this week. In the post I said that these were figures circulated by Herman van Rompuy during the special European Council meeting to discuss the MFF on [...]
What new member states gain through convergence of Pillar 1 payments they could lose in Pillar 2 allocations under the latest Van Rompuy proposals.
It seems that everyone wants to spend more and more without questioning the effectiveness of spending.
European Council leaders fail to agree Van Rompuy’s second MFF proposal which reinstated a large share of the CAP Pillar 1 reductions previously suggested.
Further cuts in agricultural budget proposed in Van Rompuy’s MFF proposal for the European Council.
Agricultural spending escapes lightly in new revision of the MFF negotiating box which shows where budget reductions in the 2014-2020 would fall.
Cyprus Presidency recognises for first time that Commission’s proposed CAP budget is unrealistic.
Draft COMAGRI report calls to maintain CAP spending in real terms in the 2014-2020 MFF period..