The European Commission has today published further detailed rules relating to the implementation of the CAP reform.
These include delegated and implementing acts linked to direct payments (supplementing the "Direct Payments" Basic Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013), and a delegated act relating to the integrated administration & control system (IACS) and conditions for refusal or withdrawal of payments and administrative penalties applicable to direct payments, rural development support and cross compliance (supplementing the "Horizontal" Basic Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013).
The publication of these delegated acts follows a two-month period during which both the European Parliament and the Council have scrutinized the texts, but have not objected to their adoption.
With the adoption of the different texts, Member States now have all the detailed elements they require in order to decide how to fully implement direct payment aspects of CAP reform at national or regional level as from 1 January 2015 and these should enable farmers to make decisions on what they produce in future (and how).
As announced on April 2, the Commission has also published a working document on the implementation by Member States of certain provisions of the direct payments Regulation. This working document clarifies a number of issues which have been raised during the discussions on the delegated act for direct payments.
"Delegated acts" supplement or amend legislative acts in relation to elements that are not considered essential, while "implementing acts" are adopted by the Commission to ensure that legislative acts are applied in a uniform way in all Member States.
A further implementing act laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 with regard to the integrated administration and control system, rural development measures and cross compliance is being finalised and will be published as soon as possible after its adoption by the Commission.