Paper Provides Preview to Informal Council

The Belgium Presidency has released a seven page working document ahead of the forthcoming Informal Agriculture Council to be held in La Hulpe on 19-21 September. The document, entitled ‘Choosing today for a stronger CAP tomorrow’ forms the background for discussion at the Informal meeting which is set to focus on the future of the CAP post 2013.

The paper provides an overview of key views, priorities and expectations concerning the future of the CAP that emerged from the Agriculture Commissioner’s public consultation and subsequent July conference, it also sets out a series of issues and two questions for discussion at the meeting:

  • What should the role of Pillar 1 be?
  • How can the future CAP have the necessary flexibility to address regional specificities and to manage unpredictable economic crisis situations?

These discussions are then expected to provide input for the Commission’s Communication on the future CAP provisionally set to be released on 17 November.

16 key areas are identified as having been prioritised by stakeholders as needing policy action in relation to agriculture. These range from offering a reasonable income to farmers to supporting the provision of public goods later this month. The paper recognises a ‘general view’ that the two pillars of the CAP should be maintained and that rural development is to remain separate from the cohesion funds. However, it is noted that the relationship between the two pillars needs clarification and that coherence and coordination between the CAP and other EU development policies is required.

The full document can be downloaded here.

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15 Sep 2010




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