Commission: New CAP will be 'fairer, not simpler, but maybe greener'

Eighteen months after EU institutions agreed on a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), there is still much uncertainty about the actual changes the new policy will bring compared to previous ones.

After almost two years of negotiation, the European Parliament, Council and Commission reached a political agreement in September 2013 on the few issues on CAP reform that remained outstanding after a political agreement was struck on 26 June.

But deep uncertainties remain as the vast majority of CAP legislation remains to be defined under four implementing regulations related to rural development, horizontal issues, direct payments for farmers, and market measures.

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