The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is called upon to contribute to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy by fostering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
As part of the CAP 2014–2020 the monitoring and evaluation framework helps to assess the performance of the CAP and its main instruments.
The framework has been set up for the first time covering both Pillars (Pillar I = direct payments and market-related expenditure, Pillar II = rural development).
It provides - to public administrations and to all those interested in agriculture and rural development - key information on the CAP implementation.
The monitoring and evaluation framework for the CAP 2014–2020 is set out by EU regulations at different levels:
- Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 (the "Horizontal Regulation") establishes in Article 110 a common monitoring and evaluation framework with a view to measuring the performance of the CAP.
- Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 834/2014 lays down rules for the application of the common monitoring and evaluation framework of the CAP.
- Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 (the "Common Provisions Regulation") defines the common monitoring and evaluation elements for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
- Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 (the "Rural Development Regulation") sets out the monitoring and evaluation system for Pillar II.
- Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2014 lays down rules for the application of the Rural Development Regulation.
20/21 September 2011: Stakeholder Conference, Brussels
The conference was the kick-off of a longer-term development process and had several specific aims:
- to build a shared understanding around the requirements and expectations for the monitoring and evaluation of the CAP post-2013,
- to explore the elements and tools needed in order to meet these expectations and
- to establish a basis for further work on developing a monitoring and evaluation system which responds to the needs of all stakeholders.