Fabian Demicoli

Direct Payments post 2013

 Throughout the whole meeting of the informal Council in Brno, the Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries engaged in discussions of the future shape of the simplified system of direct payments and a more even distribution that would result in a fairer competitive environment on the single market.

This reflects the long-term efforts of the Czech Republic as a new Member State and the Czech agriculture diplomats to create a more efficient CAP. The topic is highly relevant also in the context of the current economic crisis as it will eventually enable farmers to face new challenges, such as the increasing volatility of markets and climate change.

Furthermore, the CAP should ensure a prospective sustainable development of rural areas in the EU. In the future direct payments should be considered in the context of market instruments and funds allocated to rural development and they should complement these instruments appropriately.

The full document will be discussed in the next Agriculture and Fisheries Sectoral Meeting and any contributions you would like to make will be pointed out. These should be sent to Abigail Mamo on .

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