The POSEI scheme in the EU outermost regions* is vital to address their particular agricultural challenges, notably in bridging the difference in costs and prices relative to mainland Europe and in maintaining agricultural production, according to a new report published today. Looking at the scheme from 2006-2014 – at a cost of € 653 million from the CAP in 2014 - the report highlights its importance in terms of employment, the local economy, environmental issues and territorial balance. Although there are improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes that can be brought, these can be made through recommendations addressed to Member States in order to adapt their programmes and through adjustments to the so-called implementing rules to clarify and simplify the reporting; so there is no need to adjust the basic regulation (228/2013), the report concludes.
A separate report on the scheme for the Small Aegean Islands** from 2006-2014 - with a budget of €23.93 million in 2014 – also underlines the importance of such measures in overcoming the additional transport costs linked to the insularity, small size and distance from markets and in maintaining agricultural productions. Some recommendations should also be addressed to Greece to adapt its programmes in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the measures and implementing rules can be adapted to clarify the reporting. The report also concludes that no changes are needed to the basic regulation (229/2013).
The two documents will be sent to European Parliament and the Council.
* The POSEI scheme covers regions and territories in France (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion and Mayotte) with an annual ceiling of 278.41 million EUR, Spain (Canary Islands) 268.42 million EUR, and Portugal (Azores and Madeira) 106.21million EUR.
** The scheme covers all Aegean islands except Evia and Crete