(02 July 2020) – Croatians pulled off their aim of getting the Common Agricultural Policy’s transitional regulations finished on their watch, clinching an eleventh-hour deal with the European Parliament on the last day of their EU presidency.
Negotiators from the Council and the Parliament have “informally developed a common understanding” on an interim two-year period where current CAP rules will apply before the next EU farming subsidies programme starts.
Transitional law will ensure the continuation of direct payments, as well as the funding of new projects in the rural development programme, even without an agreement on the CAP reform, which has come to a standstill.
In March, the European Court of Auditors warned about the risk of a long transitional period as it may delay the Commission’s ambition to make the farming sector more environmentally sustainable. (EurActiv)