Agriculture and rural development

Civil dialogue groups

Civil dialogue groups

Civil dialogue groups
Civil dialogue groups

Civil dialogue groups assist the Commission and help to hold a regular dialogue on all matters relating to the common agricultural policy, including rural development, and its implementation.

To access meeting documents, please choose a civil dialogue group from the list:

  1. Animal products
  2. Arable crops
  3. CAP
  4. Direct payments and greening
  5. Environment and climate change
  6. Forestry and cork
  7. Horticulture, olives and spirits
  8. International aspects of agriculture
  9. Milk
  10. Organic farming
  11. Quality and promotion
  12. Rural development
  13. Wine
     

Q&A on the functioning of the civil dialogue groups

 

Legal basis

Commission decision of 16 December 2013 setting up a framework for civil dialogue in matters covered by the common agricultural policy and repealing Decision 2004/391/EC

 

Composition and tasks

On 18 July 2014 the Director-General of the Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development decided on the composition of the civil dialogue groups.
 

Press release

The decision on the composition of the civil dialogue groups and its annex: Members of the CDG on CAP-related matters

 

The civil dialogue groups’ tasks are:

  • to hold a regular dialogue on all matters relating to the common agricultural policy, including rural development, and its implementation
  • to bring about an exchange of experience and good practice
  • to assist the Commission and advise on policy
  • to deliver an opinion on specific matters
  • to monitor policy developments

The groups are composed of at least European-level non-governmental organisations, including representative associations, socio-economic interest groups, civil society organisations and trade unions that are registered in the joint Transparency Register.

The composition of the groups was decided on the basis of calls for applications.
 

Calls for applications

 

Transparency

The Commission will publish all relevant documents such as agendas, minutes, conclusions, partial conclusions or working documents on the activities carried out by the civil dialogue groups dealing with matters covered by the CAP.

Exceptions to systematic publication will be made where disclosure of a document would undermine the protection of a public or private interest as defined in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.

 

Background and history

A dialogue framework with representative associations and civil society dealing with matters covered by the common agricultural policy has been in existence since 1962.
 

The advisory group scheme
 

With a view to increase transparency and provide for a better balancing of represented interests it became necessary to review the existing dialogue in the advisory groups and to provide for a new framework of a civil dialogue in the field of agriculture and rural development, including the international aspects, and to define their tasks and structure.
 

In July 2014 the Commission decided - based on calls for applications - on the composition of the civil dialogue groups.
 

Decision on the composition
 

In December 2013 the European Commission set up this new framework for social dialogue.
 

Commission decision