Talks resume on CAP reform

European farm ministers are meeting in Brussels as talks resume to thrash out a detailed agreement on CAP reform.

The Council of Ministers is holding a public debate on CAP reform after a political agreement was reached in June with the European Parliament and the commission.

All three sides – the council, parliament and commission – must agree for CAP reform to come into force from 1 January 2015.

There are a number of outstanding issues linked to the European Union budget for 2014-2020.

These include the degressivity of direct payments, flexibility to move money between Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 and rural development co-financing rates.

The European Parliament must give its formal approval on the EU budget before the package can be adopted. MEPs could vote on it this autumn.

The EU presidency is currently held by Lithuania.

Lithuanian agriculture minister Vigilijus Jukna is expected to report to the Council of Ministers on the Parliament’s position following a meeting earlier this month.

Ministers are then expected to debate the next steps towards the formal finalisation and adoption of the CAP reform package.

Having agreed the principles of CAP reform earlier this summer, the aim is to resolve all outstand issues with the European Parliament during September.

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