Le Crunch: NFU at heart of CAP reform battle

From 23 to 26 June, NFU President Peter Kendall and our team of experts will be in Luxembourg and Brussels where farm ministers, MEPs and the European Commission are trying to hammer out a final deal for CAP.

Apple with biteYou can follow the progress on this LIVE page featuring the NFUs in Brussels Twitter feed below from Monday.

You may also want to follow our Senior CAP & International Affairs Advisor, Gail Soutar on Twitter here. And hashtag search under #capreform also brings up timely CAP news.

Six months ago the Irish presidency earmarked this week to come up with a final text on CAP reform.

For a deal to be reached the European Parliament and Agriculture Council must agree jointly to a text, but there are still some fundamental areas where the two institutions are divided including capping, greening, coupled payments and flexibility to shift money between pillars.

The NFU has been feeding into the debate since the Commission published its CAP proposals in 2011. Being in Luxembourg, at the heart of the debate, means we can bring members' concerns and objections right to the forefront of those making the decisions.

Provisional timetable (in Brussels time)

(In Luxembourg)
Sunday 23 June

13h00+ representatives from member states arrive for ‘informal’ meetings ahead of Agriculture Council
Monday 24 June
10h00+ EU farm ministers debate CAP texts
12h00 MEPs arrive
14h-17h00 trilogues
19h-21h00 trilogues
21h30 MEPs leave  

Tuesday 25 June
10h00+ EU farm ministers debate CAP texts

(In Brussels)
Wednesday 26 June

09h00-11h30 trilogue
15h00 Agriculture Committee debate (but not necessarily vote) on trilogue texts in presence of Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos


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