Review of EU CAP greening due in a year
The controversial “greening” component of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be reviewed within the first year of the new European Commission, which starts on November 1st. The deadline has been given to Phil Hogan, the designated Commissioner for Agriculture, by Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. In a “mission letter” to Mr Hogan, Mr Juncker says that the review should look at the potential for further simplification of the measures. Greening links farm subsidy payments to environmental practices and is due to start in 2015. The measures have been criticised from all sides, forcing the Commission earlier this year to promise a review (Agrow No 686, p 8). In addition, it introduced more flexibility in the detailed rules for implementing greening measures. This included allowing member states to decide on pesticide use in “ecologically focused areas” (EFAs), rather than impose an EU-level ban (Agrow No 691, p 8).