It could be 2023 before CAP is reformed
The prospect of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) being pushed out by several years was highlighted at a meeting of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee this evening.
Assistant Secretary at the Department of Agriculture Brendan Gleeson described the possibility of the CAP being significantly reformed by 2020 as being ‘very difficult’ and indicated that it might be pushed out to as late as 2023.
Gleeson highlighted that the Brexit negotiations, European elections and the expiry of the term of the current Commission are critical points reinforcing his view.
“Its possible to come up with a set of broad principals before you know what the budget is going to be but it is difficult to get into specific legislative proposals until you have some site of what is proposed in other areas.
“All of that will depend on at least a partial outcome of the Brexit proposals and certainly at least the outcome of the exit negotiations where the future financial dispensation will be decided”.
Also at the meeting, Gleeson highlighted the key threats to the current CAP budget.
He noted that the first and most oblivious threat was Brexit. “We don’t know what the financial arrangements will be when the UK leaves the EU.