24 Aug 2016
1ST YEAR OF APPLICATION OF GREENING OBLIGATIONS – 24 AUGUSTBrussels Daily
Experience with the first year of application of the greening obligations under the direct payment scheme (Common Agricultural Policy)
Policy field – Agriculture
Following the introduction of certain “Greening” obligations for farmers agreed by the co-legislators in the 2013 CAP reform, which applied for the first time in 2015, and in line with the Commission’s ambition to simplify EU policies where possible, the Commission (DG AGRI) ran a public consultation from 15 December 2015 to 8 March 2016 aimed at getting feedback from stakeholders on how the greening rules had worked in practice in the first year.
The consultation coincided with and contributed to the preparation of a detailed Staff Working Document on how Greening measures were applied in 2015, and a short summary of this consultation responses was included in Annex 5 of the Staff Working Document.
Views were sought from farmers, Member States’ administrations, representative organisations and non-governmental organisations at EU and national level, academics/researchers and interested public.
Given the scope and the level of detail of the initiative, this consultation targeted in particular professionals and other stakeholders with in-depth knowledge and/or hands-on experience of greening.
Results of the consultation and next steps
As signalled when the consultation was launched, all received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor are published on the Internet unless the contributor objected to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests, by clicking the appropriate box in the questionnaire.
In this case the contribution has been published in anonymous form. Other contributions are not published but its content was taken into account.
- Overview of the results [6 MB]
- Commission Staff Working Document (CSWD) ‘Review of greening after one year’
Standalone contributions submitted in the context of the online survey are covered by the CSWD (Annex V) summarising all consultation activities undertaken for the purpose of the review.
View the contributions
The Commission has committed itself to publishing all contributions to its consultations. To make a clear distinction between contributions from organisations listed in the EU Transparency Register and those from all other organisations (as required by the Commission’s communication of 21 March 2007) the contributions should be published at least in the following categories:
Contributions from Public Authorities [242 KB] (European, National, Subnational)
- Individual contributions [6 MB] :
Objective of the consultation
Views were sought on the experience with the implementation of the greening obligations under the direct payment scheme within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that are set in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 639/2014 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 641/2014.
Of particular interest were views related to the implementation of greening, the level playing field (possibility to manage farms on an equal footing with farmers in other EU countries) and production potential, and on possible ways to simplify the greening framework and reduce the administrative burden associated to it. It was also expected to obtain respondents’ first views on the effects of greening.