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Agricultural Policy and Rural Development
CAP information measures
Information activities in the field of the Common Agricultural Policy
"Information measures relating to the Common Agricultural Policy"
In order to give an overall picture of the Common Agricultural Policy and its developments, the information activities aim to supply coherent, objective and comprehensive information, both inside and outside the Community. The issues surrounding the Common Agricultural Policy should be explained to both farmers and other parties directly concerned as well as to the general public.
Depending on the measure, farmers' or rural development organisations, consumers' associations and environmental associations that are non-governmental and non-profit making as well as universities and the media may present an application for funding, as far as they have been established in a Member State for at least two years. Public authorities of the Member States may also apply for funding.
The Commission shall publish a call for proposals in the Official Journal
each year by 31 July.
The second call for proposals was published on the 1 August 2001 in OJ C 215.
Annual work programmes under the first call should be completed by
the 30 April 2002. The individual measures must take place between 1
April 2001 and 30 April 2002.
The Community may finance information measures relating to the Common Agricultural Policy that aim at:
The 2001 call for proposals lays down the following priorities for the year 2002:
The information shall be targeted at the farming sector in Europe, the general public in the Member States, the farming sector and the general public in the candidate countries and the general public in the EU's main trade partners.
There are three types of measures:
The measures shall include seminars, information visits, publications,
media actions and productions, participation in international events
and programmes for the exchange of experience.
The budget for 2002 will not be approved before the end of the year.
However, the work programmes should not involve an application for a
grant of less than EUR 25 000 or more than EUR 500 000 and for specific
measures not less than EUR 5000 or more than EUR 100 000.
The Commission shall select the applications to receive Community financing on the basis of the quality of the project and its cost-effectiveness. It will monitor and check the financed measures and ensure that they are properly and efficiently implemented. The Commission's representatives shall be authorised to make on-the-spot checks.
The Commission shall be assisted by the Committee for the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF). Every two years the Commission shall present a report on the implementation of the CAP information measures to the European Parliament and the Council. The first report must be presented not later than 31 December 2001.
The official texts, the call for proposals for 2002, the application
form and other relevant documents can be downloaded from:
date of publication: 09/01