Monday, 29 November 2010

CAP post-2013: EU Commission's proposals published

For those seeking an easily digested guide to the CAP proposals published by the EU Commission on 18 November, I recommend the Smith's Gore publication CAP Reforms post-2013.

Note the three main objectives of the the new CAP:
1.  Viable food production
2.  Sustainable management of natural resources and climate action
3.  Balanced territorial development

The table of good news vs bad news makes salutary reading.  The ratio is 1 : 6.

How this will affect upland agriculture remains to be seen, but the possible shift of payments for specific natural constraints (e.g. LFA) into Pillar 1 payments that are co-financed within the UK is a cause for concern. 

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