Fact Sheet on the European Union
The fifth major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was completed in 2013: the new regulations have been published and the necessary delegated acts are gradually being adopted. The arrangements for implementing the first pillar of the new CAP in the Member States are known, and the rural development programmes are in the course of being approved by the European Commission.
Articles 38 to 44 of the TFEU, basic acts and multi annual financial framework: see Fact Sheets 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3, 5.2.4, 5.2.5, and 5.2.6.
2014, A TRANSITIONAL YEAR BETWEEN THE OLD AND THE NEW CAP
2014 was a year of elections and new appointments in the EU institutions (for the period2014-2019), in particular the European Parliament, elections to which were held in May. It was also a transitional year for the CAP, during which the Member States prepared to implement the new provisions, which give them a significant amount of leeway. For example, henceforth it will be for the Member States to make certain crucial choices on matters including the internal convergence system for direct aid, the level of coupled payments, and whether to introduce there distributive payment (see table given below). The rural development programmes were also compiled, within the framework created by the new regulation. Regulation (EU) No 1310/2013ensured that there was a seamless transition from the old to the new CAP. Most of the provisions of the new CAP entered into force on 1 January 2015.
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SOURCE: European Parliament Website