mercoledì 12 marzo 2014

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Delegated acts on the CAP Reform – an explanation of the main elements

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Delegated acts on the CAP Reform – an explanation of the main elements

At the end of December 2013 the Basic Regulations for the reformed Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) were published in the Official Journal, following their adoption by the European Parliament (EP) and the Council. This includes the regulations i) on Direct Payments, ii) the Common Market Organisation (CMO), iii) Rural Development and, iv) a Horizontal Regulation on the financing, management and monitoring of the CAP.

After the Council and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy in June 2013 and the last remaining issues were finalised in September 2013 (IP/13/613, IP/13/864 and MEMO/13/937), the Commission started to prepare Delegated and Implementing Acts so that the new rules could enter into force in 2014, or from January 2015 for most of the new Direct Payment arrangements as well as the Integrated Administration and Control System and cross compliance. Separate "transition rules" (Reg 1310/13) for 2014 were approved by Council and the European Parliament and published at the same time as the four Basic Regulations. Delegated acts supplement the EP and Council acts or amend elements of the act that are not considered essential, while implementing acts are adopted by the Commission to ensure that the EP and Council acts are applied in a uniform way in all Member States.

As far as the implementation of the reform is concerned, the Commission has worked with Member State and EP experts in recent months to prepare the Delegated Acts, and today it has adopted 10 Delegated Acts detailing rules that supplement and amend the Basic Regulations (see IP/14/231). In addition the Commission is, with the assistance of the relevant Committees with Member States' experts, in the process of finalising the Implementing Acts. The 10 Delegated Acts will now be transmitted to Council and EP, who have the right to oppose the acts during 2 or 4 months. If there is no opposition, the delegated acts will be officially published together with the implementing acts, once these are also adopted.

The main elements covered by the different Delegated Acts can be summarized as follows:(...)

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