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To finalise the overhaul of the EU agricultural statistics framework, the European Commission has proposed new rules on collecting data on the input and output of agriculture and related activities, including on farms' use of agro chemicals. The European Parliament is set to vote in plenary on the first-reading agreement during October.

Most of the world's farmers are engaged in small scale agriculture. The majority of them are in developing countries but there are many in developed countries as well. Small farms make up the vast majority of the EU's 10 million farms. What constitutes a small farm depends on the context. However, improving the conditions of small-scale food producers is a global objective. Recent studies have lowered past estimates of how much of the global food supply is produced by small farms. Notwithstanding ...

CAP strategic plans: Approval process

At a Glance 15-06-2022

The delivery model for the post 2022 common agricultural policy (CAP) involves basic EU level policy rules and greater responsibility for Member States as to how they tailor their CAP measure toolboxes to local needs. The national CAP strategic plans drawn up to this end by Member States are now at the approval stage.

This year marks both the 60th anniversary of the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) and a crucial turning point in its way of functioning, with a new delivery model in place that will kick in from 2023. The timeline below highlights major legislative and policy developments that have shaped the CAP over the past six decades.

Over the years, the EU has built a statistical system that allows better informed policy-making and more effective policy implementation. As part of a broad process to modernise agricultural statistics, the proposed revision of the regulation on economic accounts for agriculture would formalise the reporting of regional agricultural data. Parliament is expected to vote on the first-reading report during its March I plenary session.

As part of the preparation of the EU budget for 2021-2027, the European Commission put forward a new set of regulations to shape the future EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on 1 June 2018. The proposal for a regulation on the financing, management and monitoring of the CAP provides the legislative framework for adapting the financing, management and monitoring rules to a new CAP delivery model. This seeks to achieve more subsidiarity and simplification, with greater responsibility given to Member ...

CAP strategic plans

Briefing 21-12-2021

The Commission's legislative proposals on the future of the common agricultural policy (CAP) were published on 1 June 2018. They comprise three proposals: a regulation setting out rules on support for CAP strategic plans; a regulation on the single common market organisation (CMO) and a horizontal regulation on financing, managing and monitoring the CAP. The proposal for a regulation on CAP strategic plans introduces a new delivery model, described by the Commission as a fundamental shift in the ...

The European Commission proposed a reform package incorporating rules on the financial aspects of European Union (EU) farm policy in June 2018. Following lengthy talks on the reform, the text finally agreed by European Parliament and Council negotiators in June 2021 is scheduled for vote during the November II plenary session.

On 1 June 2018, the European Commission put forward three legislative proposals on the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP). These include a proposal on the CAP strategic plans with which each Member State will define the CAP measures for achieving set objectives. Following lengthy negotiations, the final text agreed by European Parliament and Council negotiators in June 2021 is scheduled for a plenary vote in November.

The EU 'farm to fork' strategy

At a Glance 13-10-2021

On 20 May 2020, the European Commission adopted a communication on 'A farm to fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system'. Following lively parliamentary debate, informed by Members' different views on how to build sustainable food systems, a joint committee own-initiative report on the strategy is scheduled for a plenary vote during the October II session.