Common Agricultural Policy Reform
On 1 October 2013 DARD opened a consultation on policy options arising from the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). 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 consultation can be viewed at the link below:-
The consultation will close on 17 January 2014.
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;
CAP Reform Negotiations and Political Agreement
Legislative proposals to reform the CAP were published by the EU Commission on 12 October 2011. Intense negotiations took place between the EU Council, Parliament and Commission throughout 2012 and 2013. Agreement on the legislative proposals was reached between Member States and representatives of the main political groups of the European Parliament on 26 June 2013. This agreement was finalised on 24 September 2013 with the outstanding EU Budget related CAP issues being resolved. A summary of the main points of the agreement on 26 June, and a link to the most recent Council of the European Union press release can be viewed at the link below;
- CAP Reform Political Agreement Main Points (Portable Document Format, 132 Kb)
- Council of the European Union press release
Following the June and September agreements, the European Commission issued memos to explain the main elements. The memos can be accessed at the links below;
- European Commission Memo - CAP Reform – an explanation of the main elements
- Political agreement reached on last remaining points
DARD has prepared a list of CAP Reform Political Agreement 'Frequently Asked Questions' which can be viewed at the link below;
While there is now a political agreement on CAP Reform at EU level, the formal legal texts will not be finalised until later in 2013 with further EU implementing regulations to follow. Links to these documents will be placed on this page when available.
Over the course of the consultation period mentioned above DARD will continue to engage with stakeholders to discuss, explain and develop a common understanding of the implications of CAP Reform for Northern Ireland. This will include hosting a major conference at the beginning of November 2013 at CAFRE, Greenmount Campus.
DARD is continuing to analyse the political agreement, and potential implications for Northern Ireland. However any assessment of the potential impact of CAP Reform on an individual business can only be made when all the detailed EU regulations have been agreed and decisions have been taken locally, in consultation with stakeholders, on the possible use of the various implementation options that will be available to us.
A consultation on the content of our new rural development programme has already issued. Full details can be found at the link below;
If you have any comments or questions regarding CAP reform, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.