Thursday, May 02, 2013

Greening remains big issue in CAP talks

The general feeling from last week’s Farm Council and subsequent ComAgri meeting was that there needs to be more compromise from all sides in the forthcoming trilogue talks between the European Commission, Parliament and Council if they are to get the job done at the June 24-25 Farm Council as planned, reports Agra Europe

‘Greening’ remains one of the key talking points, with environmental groups again urging decision-makers not to ‘green-wash’ the CAP earlier this week, but many MEPs are still wary of the ‘double payment’ quandary should 30% of Pillar Two direct payments be linked to these measures.

Greening itself has not yet been tackled in the trilogues, yet EU Farm Commissioner Ciolos reiterated last week that an ‘equivalence’ system must be 'credible' and 'avoid double funding'. The measures must be 'clearly defined' and constitute a 'clear baseline' for Pillar Two agri-environment schemes, he added.

In England the concern among farmers is that Pillar Two measures will be maintained at the expense of the Single Farm Payment.

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