CAP 2013 legislative proposals presented later today

Today, 12th October 2011, the Commission is due to adopt the legislative proposals for the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) after 2013. A link to the proposals will be made available here on the ARC website.  A press release will also be published.

According to a recent press release from the Commission, the legislative proposals aim to:

– Address the food supply challenges of the 21st century

– Enhance the sustainable management of natural resources across the EU

– Strengthen territorial and social cohesion in the EU rural areas

The background:

The Common Agricultural Policy is due to be reformed by the end of 2013.

In April 2010 Commissioner Cioloş launched an extensive public debate across the EU to seek views of both stakeholders and society at large on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, its objectives, principles and contribution to the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy. It stimulated nearly 6000 contributions.

In July 2010, a Conference was organized with a view to bring together the varied opinions presented during the public debate and to provide the opportunity for further discussion around the 4 questions.

In November 2010, based on the public debate, the Commission presented a Communication on the CAP towards 2020 which outlined options for the future CAP. This was then debated by the Council, European Parliament, and other institutions.

In June 2011 the Commission presented its vision about the future EU budget for 2013-2020 of which CAP is one of the crucial policies.

The legal proposals will now be presented by the Commission and send to the Council and European Parliament under the co-decision procedure.

The event:

Press conference by Commissioner Dacian Cioloş in the Berlaymont press room at 12:30, followed by a Technical briefing (Spokesman and DG AGRI experts).