EVALUATION OF ARTICLE 68 MEASURES – 19 JANUARY

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19 Jan 2016

EVALUATION OF ARTICLE 68 MEASURES – 19 JANUARY

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Evaluation of Article 68 measures

The evaluation of Article 68 measures, financed by the European Commission, was carried out by Agrosynergie GEIE, consortium composed of Oréade-Brèche Sarl and COGEA S.r.l. The conclusions, recommendations and opinions presented in this report reflect the opinion of the consultant and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Commission.

The Specific Support under Article 68

In 2003, a substantial reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) introduced the full decoupling of direct aids from production. This could have strong transitional effects. Member States were thus allowed to grant optional coupled payments in specific cases. This optionality was maintained after the CAP Health Check in 2009 with the introduction of Article 68 of Council Regulation (EC) 73/2009. It broadened the range of such Specific Support, with the possibility of granting coupled or decoupled payments depending on the objectives assigned. The objectives of the support were the following:

(a)(i) for specific types of farming important for the protection or enhancement of the environment;

(a)(ii) for improving the quality of agricultural products;

(a)(iii) for improving the marketing of agricultural products;

(a)(iv) for practising enhanced animal welfare standards;

(a)(v) for specific agricultural activities entailing additional agri-environment benefits;

(b) to address specific disadvantages affecting farmers in the dairy, beef and veal, sheepmeat and

goatmeat and rice sectors in economically vulnerable or environmentally sensitive areas, or, in

the same sectors, for economically vulnerable types of farming;

(c) in areas subject to restructuring and/or development programmes in order to ensure against land being abandoned and/or to address specific disadvantages for farmers in those areas;

(d) in the form of contributions to crop, animal and plant insurance premiums;

(e) by way of mutual funds for animal and plant diseases and environmental incidents.

 

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