Reform of the CAP

NAT-VI/034
Adopted

Reform of the CAP

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Guillaume CROS
Alternate France
Vice-President of the Regional Council of Occitanie
 guillaume.cros@laregion.fr
 +33 5 61335383
 FR
 Adoption: 05/12/2018
 Theme: Agriculture, Maritime and Consumer policies
Commission: Commission for Natural Resources (NAT-VI)
rejects the proposed 28% cut in the rural development budget; calls for the regions to play a prominent role in the governance of Strategic Plans calls for the introduction of voluntary crisis management tools based on the management of production volumes; proposes full convergence of direct payments between Member States and not later than in 2027; suggests taking into account a maximum of 50% of costs for employees alone for the capping of direct payments; proposes allocating at least 30% of first pillar funds to the redistributive payment; calls for quantified, measurable common European objectives for the national Strategic Plans to be included in the Regulation;
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS − rejects the proposed 28% cut in the rural development budget; − is against the possibility of transfer from the second to the first pillar; − calls for the regions to play a prominent role in the governance of Strategic Plans, including for the second pillar; − points out that market regulation is more effective and less costly than taking retroactive measures; − calls for the introduction of voluntary crisis management tools based on the management of production volumes; − takes the view that income insurance is an expensive instrument that is ill-suited to small and medium-sized farms and cannot be a substitute for market regulation; − proposes full convergence of direct payments between Member States and not later than in 2027; − proposes that, in those countries and regions where it has not yet been achieved, internal convergence should be gradually increased, supporting disadvantaged regions, to be complete in 2026; − supports the proposed cap on direct payments and suggests taking into account a maximum of 50% of costs for employees alone; − supports the establishment of a mandatory redistributive payment and proposes increasing its scale, with a minimum of 30% of first pillar funds; − proposes that the specific support for small farmers should be mandatory for the Member States; − calls for quantified, measurable common European objectives for the national Strategic Plans to be included in the Regulation; − supports the principle of eco-schemes, and proposes that a minimum of 30% of the national payments envelope should be devoted to them; − proposes that each national Strategic Plan should meet the minimum threshold of 40% of the CAP's overall financial envelope contributing to environmental climate objectives.
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