Thursday, 30 May 2019
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations
111. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of discussions at the most recent Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting regarding CAP proposals post-2020 and specifically national strategic plans; and the position Ireland took in respect of the latter. [23166/19]
At the May Agri-Fish Council of Ministers, the Council held an exchange of views in public session on the new delivery model of the post-2020 CAP reform package on the basis of a paper prepared by the Romanian Presidency. Ministers structured their interventions around questions posed by the Presidency in relation to annual reporting.
A number of Member States expressed misgivings on annual milestones and preferred either biennial milestones or the possibility to set milestones only in the middle and at the end of the implementation period. In principle, Ireland can accept a requirement for annual reporting providing it is not unduly burdensome from an administrative point of view but has reservations in relation to some of the detail relating to measuring outputs.
Negotiations on the CAP post-2020 are continuing and there is still much to be decided upon before agreement can be achieved. Ireland remains ready to work closely with the Presidency, Commission and the Member States to achieve the best outcome.