The burden of red tape on farmers associated with rural development is below 5% of the total public expenditure for the measures, according to a new report. The report also presents a number of good practices and shows that e-government solutions, the streamlining of procedures and the use of less burdensome reimbursement approaches can reduce the level of red tape on farmers even further.
The Commission will now follow up and has already acted on one of the recommendations by proposing less burdensome reimbursement approaches in the recent CAP reform proposals.
The study was carried out in Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary and Italy by a consortium consisting of CAP GEMINI, Deloitte and Ramboll. It evaluates the administrative burden or red tape for farmers associated with support for activities such as training, diversification, modernisation, organic farming, crop rotation, reduction of fertilizers and catch crops.
The recommendations to further reduce the administrative burden on farmers generally concern the practicalities of the implementation of the measures by Member States. The recommendations suggest for instance a further use of e-government solutions and online portals, as well as providing guidelines and streamlining information requirements (providing information only once).