Common Agricultural Policy after 2013

Inquiry concluded, Report and Government Response published

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee undertook an inquiry into the European Commission’s proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013. The inquiry considered the impact of the proposals on agriculture in the UK.

At a cost of about €57 billion in 2010, the CAP is the EU’s single largest item of expenditure. It affects almost 50% of the EU’s land area and nearly 14 million agricultural holdings. The CAP is due to be reformed by December 2013. The European Commission will outline their options for a new CAP framework in November, prior to issuing draft legislative proposals in summer 2011.