12 Jan 2015
AGENDA: SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE – 12 JANUARYBrussels Daily
The SCA is the body which prepares the work of the Agriculture Council, notably for all aspects concerning the common market organisation, agricultural structures and rural development. The SCA has played a central part in the original design and periodic reform of the CAP. The CAP remains one of the cornerstones of European construction. It accounts for a significant share of total EU expenditure, represents a large part of the total body of EU law, and has a direct impact on the lives of many millions of EU citizens.
The SCA usually meets weekly on Mondays. Member States are represented in this committee by senior officials responsible for agricultural policy either in their respective permanent representations or in their capitals. As with Council meetings, the European Commission participates in all SCA meetings. The General Secretariat of the Council assists the Committee and its specialised working parties in their tasks.
In addition to CSA, the Committee for Permanent Representatives (COREPER) prepares the Agriculture Council’s work when financial issues or technical measures on veterinary, phytosanitary of food legislation have to be discussed. Unlike the COREPER whose origin lies in the EEC Treaty from 1957, the SCA was set up by a Council Decision of 12 May 1960 on the acceleration of the rate of attainment of the Treaty with particular reference to the CAP. The then six Member States considered it necessary for this task to be entrusted to a specialised body.
The first SCA meeting was held on 9 September 1960. Over the years, the committee’s work grew to reflect the increasing importance of the CAP. In order to cope with the task of preparing the Council’s proceedings, the SCA set up working parties for various specific aspects.