Consultation on Policy Options Arising from the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (Pillar I Direct Payments)


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The Department has launched a consultation on policy options arising from the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (Pillar I Direct Payments).

A political agreement was reached on 26 June 2013 on reforming the CAP and work continues to finalise the legislative text.  The reforms were originally scheduled to start in January 2014 but changes to the system of Direct Payments to farmers, which is the subject of the consultation, will not now commence until 1 January 2015.  The timescale for implementation is short and for this reason the Department has decided that a public consultation on the implementation options should go ahead prior to final agreement on the legal texts.
The consultation document describes the agreed Pillar I reforms and explains DARD's suggestions for implementing these reforms using the various options available to it under the agreement.  The document outlines a suggested package of support and seeks views on this package.  All proposed decisions are subject to confirmation of the final regulations (when agreed) as well as the finalisation of the CAP budget.  Given that some of the legislative text has not yet been confirmed there may be a need for the Department to provide additional material to stakeholders during the course of the consultation.  If so it will be added to this web page.
The consultation documents can be accessed via the links below.  
Consultation Documents
Hard copies, and alternative formats, of all consultation documents can be requested by writing to:
Policy and Economics Division
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Room 361A
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Or by email at
Or by telephone on 028 90 524 355
Written responses to the consultation questions and any other views should be sent to the address above to arrive no later than 17 January 2014.
Additional Relevant Information
The consultation document was informed by work done by economists from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute using the FAPRI-UK model. The report on the “Impact of CAP Post-2013 Reforms on Agriculture in the UK” can be viewed at the link below;
Relevant European legislation and proposals