Next week, the European Parliament will get to vote on CAP reform and the compromises agreed by its agriculture committee (ComAgri) back in January. It would seem to be the opinion of the majority within European agricultural circles that some form of consensus will need to be found at the vote if the CAP is to be reformed in time for 2014, reports Agra Europe.
But what are the chances of an agreement being reached? There are still a number of hurdles to be overcome if a deal between member states is to be reached. The biggest sticking points appear to be over the ‘greening’ of the CAP and what this should constitute, the capping of direct payments, the speed at which the EU should oversee the convergence of Pillar One payments between member states and the scope of coupled aid.
ComAgri chairman Paolo De Castro says next week’s plenary will provide MEPs with the opportunity to ‘fix’ the problems with the CAP reform process. He conceded that his committee may have made some 'mistakes' when adopting its position earlier this year but the vote will provide the opportunity to write these wrongs. Meanwhile, other MEPs, such as German European People's Party member Elisabeth Jeggle have told Agra Europe that many of her colleagues will side with the ComAgri compromises next week.