12 Oct 2016
CAP SIMPLIFICATION AND OMNIBUS REGULATION – 12 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Agriculture MEPs want to split up the Omnibus proposal to ensure it delivers
Commission’s draft Omnibus regulation, which inter alia modifies the basic Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) laws, came under fire from many members of the Agriculture committee on Wednesday during the debate with Commissioner Phil Hogan. The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) revision is not the right tool to change the core of the CAP and so the draft proposal should be split up to ensure its CAP elements are duly scrutinised and deliver genuine simplification for EU farmers, many MEPs said.
Majority of MEPs who took the floor during the debate welcomed efforts to simplify the CAP. But genuine simplification of the EU’s farm policy that would quickly deliver tangible results requires splitting up the draft Omnibus regulation, which covers many different areas including inter alia agriculture, fisheries, transport and regional development, to ensure that proposals in each field are properly scrutinised by members of EP committees with due expertise, they insist.
Several MEPs also criticised the idea to relax the definition of active farmer, i.e. entities eligible for the EU-funded direct payments, and allow member states to later scrap it completely. Such a move could lead to non-farming entities receiving money intended for farmers and could also distort the competition, some said.
Agriculture MEPs also discussed proposed changes of the income stabilisation tool, crisis reserve, ways to help young farmers get the capital they need, situation in the food supply chain, greening and Brexit, among other issues.
The video recording of the full debate is available here.