Copa-Cogeca welcomed today publication of detailed rules needed to implement EU rural development programmes and cross-compliance measures under Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform as well as the delegated acts, enabling farmers, agri-cooperatives and members states to get on with their investment plans and programmes.
Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen stressed “We favour the overall approach on future EU rural development policy. More emphasis has been put on farm viability and innovation. And publication of the implementing and delegated act will enable member states to finalise their future rural development programmes, ensuring efficient implementation at national and regional level. Member States have a lot of flexibility on measures that they are including in their programmes and how these will be implemented”.
He continued : “We also welcome publication today of the detailed rules needed to implement cross-compliance measures under the new CAP and want to ensure red tape is minimized as it causes a huge burden for farmers and agri-cooperatives. The EU Commission has also prepared modified rules on the delegated acts for direct payments under CAP reform, making changes to calculate nitrogen fixing crops on EFAs (i.e. to increase the EFA conversion factor for NFC from 0.3 to 0.7) thus recognizing the environmental benefits of these crops and contributing to the protein plan. We welcome this”.