First steps on CAP simplification announced

Published 19 May 15

The EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner has announced a first set of actions towards CAP simplification. The six actions announced relate to Ecological Focus Areas and the Land Parcel Identification Scheme. In addition the Commissioner has addressed some concerns regarding the classification of fallow land and the permanent grassland obligation.

A second package of amendments is due to be announced soon after the Commission’s summer break and is expected to cover other elements of the CAP including the young farmers scheme, voluntary coupled support and some aspects of  the integrated administration and control system (IACS).