Brussels, June 25, 2021.- The Portuguese presidency of the Council has reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform for 2023-2027.
The deal paves the way for a simpler, fairer and greener CAP that will provide a sustainable future for European farmers. The new CAP bolsters environmental measures and also includes provisions to ensure greater support for smaller farms and help young farmers enter the profession.
«We are very pleased with the progress we’ve made in the last two days, which gives us confidence that we have the conditions in place to reach an agreement. However, the proposals must be approved by the member states and only then we can truly say whether we’ve reached a deal or not.»
Maria do Céu Antunes, Portuguese Minister for Agriculture
The agreement is provisional pending approval by the EU’s agriculture ministers at the upcoming Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting, which will take place on 28-29 June.
The inter-institutional talks covered all three regulations that made up the CAP reform package and focused on some of the outstanding negotiation points, including:
the minimum budget for direct payments for eco-schemes and the establishment of a learning period for member states;
the mandatory minimum level of internal convergence for direct payments;
greater redistribution of direct payments;
the inclusion of a social dimension in the CAP;
the alignment of the CAP with the European Green Deal.
Following the introduction of a transitional arrangement at the end of 2020, the new CAP will take effect from 2023-2027.