Vote sees CAP reform clear latest hurdle

The European Parliament’s agriculture committee has endorsed legislation for CAP reform, paving the way for a final vote by MEPs later this autumn.

Outstanding issues agreed during last week’s informal agreement between the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission received agricultural committee approval on Monday (30 September).

“The result is simpler CAP which is more relevant to enterprises, workers, the next generation of farmers and rural areas,” said agriculture committee chairman, negotiating team leader and Italian MEP Paolo De Castro.

The endorsement gives the reformed CAP its final shape until 2020. The new CAP was originally due to come into effect next year. But delays to the negotiating process will see transitional arrangements in place for 2014 with the full deal taking effect from 1 January, 2015.

Under reform, some 30% of direct payments will be dependent on farms undertaking environmental measures on their land. DEFRA is also expected to take advantage of rules enabling it transfer 15% of direct payments to rural development measures.

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