Opinion Factsheet  

Reform of the CAP

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Opinion Number: CDR 3637/2018
Rapporteur: CROS Guillaume
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/12/2018
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

− rejects the proposed 28% cut in the rural development budget;

− is against the possibility of transfer from the second to the first pillar;

− calls for the regions to play a prominent role in the governance of Strategic Plans, including for the second pillar;

− points out that market regulation is more effective and less costly than taking retroactive measures;

− calls for the introduction of voluntary crisis management tools based on the management of production volumes;

− takes the view that income insurance is an expensive instrument that is ill-suited to small and medium-sized farms and cannot be a substitute for market regulation;

− proposes full convergence of direct payments between Member States and not later than in 2027;

− proposes that, in those countries and regions where it has not yet been achieved, internal convergence should be gradually increased, supporting disadvantaged regions, to be complete in 2026;

− supports the proposed cap on direct payments and suggests taking into account a maximum of 50% of costs for employees alone;

− supports the establishment of a mandatory redistributive payment and proposes increasing its scale, with a minimum of 30% of first pillar funds;

− proposes that the specific support for small farmers should be mandatory for the Member States;

− calls for quantified, measurable common European objectives for the national Strategic Plans to be included in the Regulation;

− supports the principle of eco-schemes, and proposes that a minimum of 30% of the national payments envelope should be devoted to them;

− proposes that each national Strategic Plan should meet the minimum threshold of 40% of the CAP's overall financial envelope contributing to environmental climate objectives.

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EU Agricultural Outlook conference

The EU Agricultural Outlook conference has now become the key annual gathering of European stakeholders willing to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges which lie ahead.

The fourth edition of the conference will be opened by Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Phil Hogan.

Discussion on day one will involve high level panellists and will focus on digitisation and innovation in the farming sector but also on Africa.

The second day will focus on the outlook for EU agricultural markets (crops, biofuels, meat and dairy), presenting the latest report produced with the support of the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The outlook and the changes to be expected will be debated by a panel of experts.

Participants will include EU institutions, governments and international organisations, those involved in the food supply chain, market experts, academics, think tanks and civil society.

Mr Guillaume Cros, rapporteur of the ongoing opinion on "The reform of the CAP" will be participating.

 
06 Dec
 

High level event on EU cohesion policy

The rapporteur has been invited to this high-level political event "Making sense of a territorially cohesive Europe beyond 2020: The territorial dimension of EU cohesion policy and urban-rural challenges" in Carinthia, Austria.

 
09 Nov
 

EP Hearing on "The Future of the Common Agriculture Policy"

Hearing in the European Parliament on "The Future of the Common Agriculture Policy" with the participation of Mr Guillaume Cros, Rapporteur of the CoR adopted opinion on "The CAP after 2020" and ongoing opinion the "Reform on the CAP".

 
09 Oct
 

Conference on "The role of EU regions in the CAP"

Mr Guillaume Cros, rapporteur on the CoR ongoing opinion on Refrom of the CAP will be participating in conference on "The role of EU regions in the Common Agricultural Policy: capitalising on the benefits of the regionalisation" in Strasbourg, France.

 
03 Oct
 

Stakeholder consultation

The EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) is preparing an opinion on the "legislative package on the CAP"
The rapporteur is Mr Guillaume Cros (FR/PES) Vice-President of the Regional Council of Occitanie and member of the NAT Commission.
The rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. After a short introduction by the rapporteur, stakeholders will be invited to share their experience and exchange views with the rapporteur.

 
30 Aug