Agriculture and rural development

Future of the CAP

Future of the CAP

Future of the CAP
Future of the CAP

The common agricultural policy (CAP) is a living policy, one that has always adapted to changing circumstances. Recent developments in global agricultural markets and new EU commitments on climate change and sustainable development mean the CAP needs to evolve yet again, to make it fit-for–purpose to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

This is why on 2 February 2017, the European Commission launched a consultation on the future of the common agricultural policy in order to better understand where the current policy can be simplified and modernised. More information on the consultation and its background (inception impact assessment).

The findings of the consultation will be presented in a conference on 7 July in Brussels and, along with the Commission's own on-the-ground analysis of the current state of play and an assessment of the potential impact of any proposed policy changes, will feed into a communication on modernising and simplifying the CAP before the end of 2017.

Among the aims of the communication are to show how the CAP can better contribute to the Commission's 10 key priorities and to the sustainable development goals.

Next steps

  • Impact assessment: autumn 2017
  • Communication on modernising and simplifying the CAP: before the end of 2017


The consultation process builds on a number of steps taken in 2016, such as the Cork 2.0 declaration, the annual Outlook conference, the regular civil dialogue group on the CAP and the Agricultural Markets Taskforce (AMTF) report.

More information

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