Alyn asks farmers for feedback on CAP

As you are likely already aware, Commissioner Phil Hogan has highlighted simplification of the Common Agriculture Policy and the reduction of red tape for farmers as key priorities for 2015. On Friday 6th March, MEPs will be submitting their suggestions ready to be presented to the Commissioner the following Friday. 

I need your help. 

Send me your personal experiences, your ideas, and your proposals for a more simplified CAP. I’ve been working on the EU Agricultural Committee for almost 10 years now, so I have some ideas of my own, but this an opportunity to put your ideas directly to the European Commission. 

Commissioner Hogan does not want to reopen the basic political decisions on CAP reform, but is open to suggestions on streamlining and simplification, e.g. crop diversification won’t be abolished but he’ll happily consider flexibility on the types of evidence provided on the different types of crops

The Latvian Presidency of the Council has arranged that the issue of simplification be discussed at both the March and May councils. Three distinct and separate areas have been proposed:

1. Direct Payments;

2. Rural Development; 

3. Market Measures 

For all three areas, Member states have been asked to identify issues and provide solutions for simplification. 

Meanwhile, we are expecting some preliminary feedback on the entire CAP legal framework in time for the March meeting. I’ll be sure to keep you informed. 

If you would like to participate in the consultation process, just email me your suggestions and comments at the usual address: alyn.smith@europarl.europa.eu

Yours aye,

Alyn Smith MEP