Ciolos's CAP vision begins to take hold
Greening and flat rate payment stay centre stage in latest leak
The latest leaked document on CAP reform from Brussels confirms that farm Comissioner Ciolos's vision of greener, flat-rate farm payments is one step closer to becoming reality.
Despite warnings from farm organisations about the damage the proposals will cause to to farm incomes, it now appears the Commission is focusing on ironing out the details before Dacian Ciolos officially launches the package on October 12.
Under the proposals, the SFP is to be replaced by a Single Area Payment (SAP) scheme in 2014. This will then become a reference year for future payments.
National and regional per hectare payments will then be calculated using this as a baseline.
It has been suggested that farmer payments for 2014 would initially be calculated on a mix of the historic and area-based methods, with a transition on a phased basis to a total flat rate payment by January 1, 2019.
The latest document closely follows the proposals included in previous drafts.
•The two-pillar structure of CAP is to be retained, with member states given more leeway to co-finance Pillar II, which mainly governs rural development.