Conference on the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy
organised by the European CommissionBrussels, 3-4 October 2006
Since its introduction the Common Agricultural Policy has developed into a comprehensive legal framework for European agriculture. The role of the CAP is to provide a common set of over arching rules whilst recognising differences between EU Member States. Over time the CAP became more and more complex in certain areas. The complexity of certain rules could jeopardise the sound application of the policy. It also makes it more difficult to ensure sound expenditure of EU funds and this has also played a part diminishing public understanding of CAP measures.
Given the increasing importance accorded to the overall concept of better regulation at national as well as EU level, the Commission's Directorate-general for Agriculture and Rural Development has stepped up its efforts to simplify the CAP. In this context a conference was organised on the simplification of the CAP in Brussels on 3-4 October 2006.
The aim of the conference was to focus on the views and needs of stakeholders, in particular farmers and to disseminate information on the Commission's activities in the areas of simplification and better regulation. The conference provided the opportunity for an exchange of views, presented ideas for simplification and discussion on possible simplification approaches. By bringing together different NGOs, farmers' organisations, academics, Member States, third countries and EU institutions, the conference opened up a dialogue on the particular role of each stakeholder in overcoming the challenges and obstacles facing simplification efforts in the area of agriculture.
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Tuesday 3 October 2006
Chairman: Dirk Ahner, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission
- "Simplification of the CAP, a view from COPA-COGECA"
Rudolf Schwarzböck, President COPA-COGECA
- "Better Regulation and Simplification of the CAP - ways forward on a difficult path"
Rudolf Streinz, University of München
- "Simplification of the CAP, a view from the EU Parliament"
Joseph Daul, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural development of the European Parliament
Afternoon session: 3 simultaneous workshops
Workshop 1: "Policy making and Simplification"
Chairman: Guy Legras, Former Director General, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission
Rapporteur: Franz-Josef Feiter, COPA-COGECA
- "Better regulation practices"
Edward Donelan, OECD (slideshow)
Dominic Mancini, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, US Government (slideshow)
- "CAP reforms and Simplification: a success story?"
Nanette van Schelven, Dutch Ministry for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (slideshow)
Joop de Koeijer, Dutch farmer (pdf)
Workshop 2: "Administrative burdens related to CAP measures"
Chairman: Fernando Miranda Sotillos, President of FEGA; Spanish Paying Agency
Rapporteur: Hervé Guyomard, INRA
- "EU method for assessing administrative costs"
Eric Philippart, Secretariat General of the European Commission (slidshow)
- "DG Agriculture and Rural Development study on administrative burdens related to the Single Payment Scheme"
Valérie Adam, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission (slideshow)
- "Member States' approaches to measuring and reducing administrative costs related to CAP measures"
Jenny McInnes, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (slideshow)
Frédéric Gueudar Delahaye, French Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries (slideshow)
Jens Hauge Pedersen, Danish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (slideshow)
Workshop 3: "Simplification of the CAP: stakeholder's views"
Chairman: Mairead McGuinness, Member of the European Parliament
Rapporteur: Aivars Lapins, Latvian Ministry of Agriculture
- "Addressing the stakeholders' views"
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Cabinet of Mrs Fischer Boel
Wednesday 4 October 2006
Opening remarks by the Chairman
- Report of Workshop 1
Franz-Josef Feiter, COPA-COGECA
Panel Discussion: "Simplification of the CAP, a challenge for all"
- Jean-Michel Aspar, COCERAL
- Jean-Luc Demarty, Director General, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission
- Franz-Josef Feiter, COPA-COGECA
- Jan Mulder, Member of the European Parliament
- Roger Waite, Editor Agrafacts
Conclusions and perspective
Dirk Ahner, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission
Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel