The 4 basic EU regulations of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have been recently published in the Official Journal.
These legislative texts reflect the political agreement between the European Commission, EU Member States Agriculture Ministers (in the Council) and the European Parliament.
With these new rules, the vast majority of CAP legislation will be defined under 4 consecutive Regulations – a significant simplification – covering:
- Rural Development (Reg.1305/2013)
- "Horizontal" issues such as funding & controls (1306/2013)
- Direct Payments for farmers (1307/2013)
- Market measures (1308/2013).
To ensure a smooth transition there is also a transitional Regulation for 2014.
Finally, We also invite you to consult the Agricultural Policy Perspectives Brief No 5: "Overview of CAP reform 2014-2020".