Simplification of the CAP, online survey of the EU Commission aimed at farmers

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The European Commission has launched an online survey to collect the opinions of EU farmers on procedures relating to the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) and other legislation affecting agriculture and food.

The survey is open until April 8 and aims to find out the difficulties that farmers encounter in managing the procedures relating to requesting aid and reporting. (1)

Online survey for farmers

The online form, made up of 23 questions, outlines the type of company (type of crop, which and how many animals etc.) and asks you to indicate the degree of complexity encountered in the bureaucratic practices and in the application of the various sector regulations (ie nitrates, on welfare animal etc.).

Farmers they are also asked about the amount of effort needed to carry out the aforementioned procedures. For example, how much time is spent each year on administrative tasks related to aid application and reporting obligations? Do you use mobile devices to provide geotagged photographs? How do you evaluate the complexity of the different procedures and rules applicable to agricultural companies? Did you use external aid to prepare your application for CAP aid in 2023?

Results in the fall

The purpose of the investigation online is ‘understand the burden placed on farmers by the procedures and rules related to financial support under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as well as other EU rules for food and agriculture in the EU‘.

The indications provided by farmers should therefore indicate the areas in which to work towards improvement, at a national and European level. The responses will be processed by the summer and a detailed analysis will be published in the autumn.

How to participate

Farmers’ organizations they will in turn be interviewed on the same topics. It is therefore necessary – in this period of lively farmers’ protests against Coldiretti – to offer useful contributions to understanding the anomalies of the system.

Each farmer you can participate in the survey independently by following this link: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Public_Consultation_EU_Simplification_2024rs_point_of_view_2024

End-of-legislature measures

The initiative is presented by the expiring European Commission as a continuation of the measures adopted’to relieve the pressure currently exerted by EU farmers‘. The precedents are indicated as follows

– ‘On 12 February 2024, the Commission adopted the partial derogation from the fallow land rules (GAEC 8) requested by farmers and many Member States,

– ahead of the Council of Agriculture Ministers on 26 February, the Commission forwarded to the Belgian Presidency a series of short- and medium-term actions as a basis for discussions and joint actions with EU countries. Today’s investigation was among the short-term actions announced, together with the simplification of some controls and the clarification of the concept of force majeure and exceptional circumstances. Discussions have already taken place with the Member States on these last two points. (2)

By mid-March the Commission will present further proposals on medium-term actions to be taken and on actions to improve the position of farmers in the food supply chain..

Yet another mockery of an Executive that has brought Europe to ruin, in agriculture and in every other productive sector, except that of weapons‘, comments Dario Dongo, founder of GIFT. (3)

Marta Strinati 

Footnotes

(1) The European Commission invites farmers to participate in the online simplification survey. Press release. European Commission. 7.3.24 https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/it/ip_24_1341

(2) The European Commission presents simplification options to reduce the burden on EU farmers. Press release. European Commission. 28.2.24 https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/it/ip_24_1002

(3) See Dario Dongo. Peace, Land and Dignity. Our movement in the 2024 European elections. GIFT (Great Italian Food Trade).

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Professional journalist since January 1995, he has worked for newspapers (Il Messaggero, Paese Sera, La Stampa) and periodicals (NumeroUno, Il Salvagente). She is the author of journalistic surveys on food, she has published the book "Reading labels to know what we eat".