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The Common Agricultural Policy after 2013

Commission Communication on the CAP towards 2020

The 2003 reform and the 2008 'Health Check' decisions prepared the ground for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) till 2013. The Commission Communication "The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future", which was presented on 18 November 2010, launches the institutional debate and prepares the ground for the legal proposals to be adopted by the Commission during 2011.


The objective of the Communication is:

  • to highlight the key challenges and the major policy issues regarding EU agriculture and rural areas. The CAP needs to anticipate the economic, environmental and territorial challenges.
  • to outline possible policy orientations and options for the future. The CAP needs to be more sustainable, balanced, targeted, simpler, effective and accountable. Faced with these key challenges the CAP needs to improve current CAP instruments and design new ones.


>> Read the Commission Communication pdf български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)hrvatski (bg)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

>> Read the citizens' summary pdf - 17 KB [17 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

>> Read the press release български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)hrvatski (bg)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

>> Read the background memo български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)hrvatski (bg)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

>> Watch the slide show pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

>> Watch Commissioner Cioloş' press conference

>> Watch Commissioner Cioloş' presentation at the European Parliament (COMAGRI)

>> Read Commissioner Cioloş' speech et the European Parliament (COMAGRI) (in French)


What happens next?

On the basis of the outcome of the institutional debate and of the consultation in the framework of the Commission Impact Assessment more concrete and elaborated options and measures will be examined, their feasibility and effectiveness will be analysed in the framework of the impact assessment.

The result of this analysis will help the Commission to prepare the legislative proposals foreseen in 2011.