Europe's farming policy in a nutshell

Europe’s farmers play an essential role in our economy and society. They provide more than 500 million EU citizens with a reliable supply of healthy, safe and affordable food. We also expect them to protect the environment and ensure the vitality of our rural areas.

To support them in delivering these public benefits, the EU created the Common Agricultural Policy, or ‘CAP’. Since its launch in 1962, the policy has evolved to address global challenges that affect us all.

In June 2013, the EU institutions agreed on a new direction for the CAP. The latest reform aims to help farmers guarantee a long term supply of quality food, make the agricultural sector more sustainable, and maintain the diversity of Europe’s countryside, traditions and farming practices.

The CAP is a common policy for all EU Member States. It is essential to protect the future of farming and rural life in Europe.

Find out more about the CAP reform.

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