Extracts from the press conference by Dacian Cioloş on the political agreement on reform of the CAP

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-079992   Duration: 10:04:35  Lieu:
End production: 27/06/2013   First transmission: 27/06/2013
On 27 June 2013, Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave a press conference on the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy at the European Commission in Brussels. On the same date, the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) reached a political agreement on the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy, subject to formal approval by the Council and the EP as a 1st reading Agreement once the texts have been formalised in all languages. Based on the Commission's proposals from October 2011 , the agreement relates to four basic European Parliament and Council regulations for the Common Agriculture Policy; on Direct Payments, the Single Common Market Organisation (CMO), Rural Development and, Horizontal Regulation for financing, managing and monitoring the CAP. A number of issues will be dealt with separately within the negotiations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020 – notably on the transfer of funds between Direct Payments (1st pillar) and Rural Development (2nd Pillar), the allocation of national envelopes for Direct Payments and Rural development, and rates of co-financing, and the question of capping & degressivity.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium 00:00:06
10:00:11 Arrival of Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, to the press conference 00:00:07
10:00:18 Soundbite by Dacian Cioloş (in FRENCH) saying that they are not only changing rules here and there but they are actually changing the distribution of the financial resources and the aim was to ensure a fairer Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), a more economic CAP and one which would better meet the society's expectations and one which will also take account the reality in Europe today. 00:00:28
10:00:46 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:03
10:00:50 Soundbite by Dacian Cioloş (in FRENCH) saying that with this reform they are ensuring a convergence of direct aids both between big and small holdings with a reduction for the bigger ones and more support for the smaller ones but also a reduction of higher per hectare based aids and an increase in support for the hectares which received less aid because since the year 2000 they used to maintain historical references when they distributed direct aid. 00:00:39
10:01:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:01:33 Soundbite by Dacian Cioloş (in FRENCH) saying that he would also say that they wanted to make sure that there was a positive discrimination in favour of young farmers to show very clearly that support for agriculture in Europe is future-oriented. Young people were always supported with specific measures under the CAP with investment aid but, now, for the first time, direct payments which have the biggest share of the budget of the CAP are slanted and targeted in a particular way with this positive discrimination in favour of young farmers. 00:00:35
10:02:09 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:02:12 Soundbite by Dacian Cioloş (in FRENCH) saying that this policy is fairer and better targeted but it is also intended to better meet the society's needs and expectations so here they have strengthened the idea that, in the rural development program, 30% of funding will go to environmental measures and also to green investments, investments which contribute to reducing the effect of climate change and thus they are strengthening this compared to the current budgetary period where they had 25% of aid going towards environment and climate change. Now they have 30%. 00:00:39
10:02:52 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:02:55 Soundbite by Dacian Cioloş (in FRENCH) saying that, with this reform, they are letting the market play its role but at the same time they are giving farmers the possibility to be able to play their role in the market through their professional organisation. They have reinforced the role of economic and professional organisations, inter-branched organisations but they have also provided crisis management measures allowing farmers to act in certain situations. 00:00:28
10:03:24 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:03:28 Soundbite by Dacian Cioloş (in FRENCH) saying that they are going to have a CAP which better suits today's Europe; there is more diversity in rural areas. They wanted to keep communitarian objectives, common instruments at European level and to give a certain degree of flexibility in the application of these instruments so that Member States can take account of local characteristics and diversity. 00:00:33
10:04:01 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:04:04 Soundbite by Dacian Cioloş (in FRENCH) saying that at the same time, without going into too much details, they have instruments which will allow the European Commission to ensure a more transparent management of the budget for the CAP and to ensure a better management together with the Member States so that they can give account to the European tax payers about how they are spending tax payers' money. 00:00:23
10:04:28 Dacian Cioloş leaving the press conference 00:00:07
10:04:35 End 00:00:00
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