CAP framework will stay until 2022 - European Council

The European Council will extend current Common Agriculture Policy rules until the end of 2022.
calendar icon 3 July 2020
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The extension will allow for uninterrupted payments to farmers and other beneficiaries. Moreover, within these two years, member states will have time to prepare their strategic plans under the new CAP legislation and to plan for their implementation after approval by the Commission.

The final adoption of the transitional regulation is expected by the end of 2020 as it is closely linked to the multiannual financial framework (MFF) currently under negotiation.

Background

Given the current state of play of the CAP reform discussions in the European Parliament and Council as well as of the ongoing MFF negotiations, it became clear that the legislative procedure would not be concluded in time to apply the new rules and the CAP Strategic Plans as of 1 January 2021. It was therefore necessary to plan for a transitional period. The European Commission proposed in October 2019 an extension of the CAP’s existing legal framework. The presidency obtained a partial mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament on 6 April 2020. As the European Parliament and Council have now informally developed a common understanding on the transition period, only the MFF related issues remain open and between brackets.

The extension will allow for uninterrupted payments to farmers and other beneficiaries. Moreover, within these two years, member states will have time to prepare their strategic plans under the new CAP legislation and to plan for their implementation after approval by the Commission.

The final adoption of the transitional regulation is expected by the end of 2020 as it is closely linked to the multiannual financial framework (MFF) currently under negotiation.

Background

Given the current state of play of the CAP reform discussions in the European Parliament and Council as well as of the ongoing MFF negotiations, it became clear that the legislative procedure would not be concluded in time to apply the new rules and the CAP Strategic Plans as of 1 January 2021. It was therefore necessary to plan for a transitional period. The European Commission proposed in October 2019 an extension of the CAP’s existing legal framework. The presidency obtained a partial mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament on 6 April 2020. As the European Parliament and Council have now informally developed a common understanding on the transition period, only the MFF related issues remain open and between brackets.

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