Reports & Analyzes

CAP reform: the European Parliament hands over the “c” and a european ambition to the cap

The European Parliament and the Council of Agriculture Ministers have just defined the architecture and the main lines of CAP reform that they intend to see implemented from 2023 and that they will defend during the negotiations which will start from November in the presence of the Commission (trilogues).

State of the Union: the president of the commission before the europe parliament

Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, has given today her first ever ‘State of the Union Address’ at the European Parliament in Brussels. This annual event is significant to demonstrate the European Commission’s accountability towards the EU’s democratically elected representatives, the Members of the European Parliament and to be able to debate on the vision and roadmap that the European Commission is proposing.

Measures and impacts related to the Covid-19 crisis

There is an arm wrestling match between the European Commission and the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament on delegated acts for exceptional market measures for the wine sector. MEPs objected to one of the acts in order to obtain more ambitious support, notably for the wine and fruit and vegetable sectors. The Commission announced that it would propose a new act “before the summer” and before Parliament takes a final position of rejection (or not) at its July plenary session.

Presentation of exceptional measures to support the agri-food sector by Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski

The Commissioner was present on the 30th of April to explain to ComAgri members the exceptional measures announced by the European Commission on 22 April and for which nine delegated acts are currently being prepared.
After hearing the remarks of the Members of Parliament, the Commissioner acknowledged the inadequacy of the proposed package without putting forward any substantial amendments. The only positive element in the Commissioner’s remarks was his position in favour of an independent and consistent crisis reserve, taking up the guidelines that Farm Europe has been proposing in this area since 2018.
Following this meeting, President of Comagri, Coordinators and MEP Anne Sander have joinlty decided on the 4th of May to urge the Commission to come with additional measures and financing otherwise a ‘smooth’ adoption of the proposed delegated act dealing with crisis mezsures for the wine sector could be compromised.

Transitional provisions for EAFRD and EAGF support in the year 2021 and until the CAP reform is in place

Comagri MEPs yesterday voted on the position they intend the European Parliament to take in negotiations with the Council (and the Commission) on the CAP transitional provisions until the future CAP reform, which they foresee for 1 January 2023 at the earliest, is in place. This position should officially become that of the European Parliament at the next mini-plenary in May.