20 Sep 2017
DG AGRI ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT 2016 – 20 SEPTEMBERBrussels, Brussels Daily, IFA in Brussels
The Juncker Commission committed to foster a New Start for Europe with a clear agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change, focussing action on those challenges where the EU can deliver real added value for our citizens.
My Annual Activity Report for 2016 sets out how DG AGRI has implemented this programme and how the Common Agricultural Policy contributes to the Commission priorities such as Jobs, Growth and Investment, Digital Single Market, Energy Union and Climate Change, and Balanced EU/US Trade.
You will find on the first dozen of pages an overview of the challenges as they arise, the actions DG AGRI has taken to respond and the impact observed on the ground.
In 2016, the year covered by this Annual Activity Report (AAR), the sector continued to be marked by a crisis in several of the markets for agricultural products and notably the dairy sector. DG AGRI responded to the ongoing price pressure in the dairy sector with two assistance packages. Dairy product prices began to recover during the year. DG AGRI also contributed to the important analysis of the functioning of the food supply chain via the Agricultural Markets Task Force. Building on a screening conducted in 2015, several simplifications have been introduced through Delegated and Implementing Acts. Further simplifications have been proposed to the 4 basic Acts in the framework of the ‘Omnibus regulation’ proposal. The Directorate-General tackled error rates through its audit missions.
2016 was the second year of full implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform of 2013, including the new “greening” payment and the first year after the approval of the rural development programmes 2014-20. This allowed starting fact gathering and preparing for the public consultation on the modernization and simplification of the CAP post 2020, which was launched in 2017. In the field of international negotiations, the year enabled the successful conclusion of the CETA negotiations.
This report gives a fair and comprehensive overview of DG AGRI’s activities and achievements in 2016 and I am confident that it will provide valuable information about the performance of the CAP and its practical and administrative functioning.
Let me close by expressing my respect and gratitude to all DG AGRI staff. I am grateful that they managed these challenges despite a progressive reduction of human resources and an increase in the general workload.
Jerzy Plewa Director-General