Agriculture and rural development

Future of the CAP

Future of the CAP

Future of the CAP
Future of the CAP

Developments in global agricultural markets and new European Union (EU) commitments on climate change and sustainable development mean the common agricultural policy needs to evolve yet again, to make it fit-for–purpose to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

On 2 February 2017, the European Commission launched a consultation on the future of the common agricultural policy (CAP) in order to better understand where the current policy can be simplified and modernised.. During the three month consultation period, the European Commission received more than 320 000 replies, mostly from individuals.

General statistics per country


Findings of the consultation

The findings of the consultation were presented in a conference 7 July in Brussels and voiced consensus in:

  • keeping a strong common agricultural policy at European Union level
  • the value added of having a common agricultural policy
  • challenges ahead (fair standard of living for farmers, environment and climate change)
  • a need for a simpler and more effective policy

Highlights of the public consultation


Future of the CAP communication

Along with the Commission's own on-the-ground analysis of the current state of play, those findings will feed into a communication on modernising and simplifying the CAP before the end of 2017.

The aims of the communication include showing how the CAP can better contribute to the Commission's 10 key priorities and to the sustainable development goals.


Next steps

  • Communication on modernising and simplifying the CAP: before the end of 2017
  • Budget proposals (Multiannual Financial Framework): May 2018



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.


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