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CAP reform

Published on March 27, 2013
Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Food Industry and

Forestry

Paris, March 26, 2013

France and 12 member states – Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain – have today sent a joint declaration to the General Secretariat of the Council [of the European Union] to emphasize that the Council’s agreement on CAP [Common Agricultural Policy] reform, achieved on 18 March – in particular the increase in the percentage of coupled support from 5% to 7% and from 10% to 12% depending on the situation – is a first step in the negotiation process.

These member states, joined by Slovenia and Slovakia, reasserted their desire for a more ambitious solution and expressed their support for the European Parliament’s amendments envisaging the possibility of achieving 15% of coupled payments for all the member states and the possibility of additional support of 3% for protein crops.

The Minister of Agriculture, the Food Industry and Forestry, Stéphane Le Foll, has welcomed this step forward, describing it as “an historic turning-point that breaks with the process of decoupling aid that has prevailed since 1992”, and he also expressed his wish to see this position upheld by the Irish presidency, so that it will converge with the [European] Parliament’s position on the subject at the forthcoming trialogues./.

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