The Council held a debate on the outcome of the trilogue discussions with the European Parliament and the Commission on the four main proposals for regulations within the framework of reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). Finally, the Council reached agreement on an adjustment of its negotiating mandate to finalise the discussions with the other institutions on CAP reform package with a view to a political agreement.
Since the beginning of trilogues discussions on the CAP reform package in April this year, the positions of the Council and the European Parliament converged towards compromises on many political and technical issues. The Presidency has drafted a comprehensive package of consolidated texts identifying the points of convergence and the key outstanding issues.
The main issues cleared with the other EU institutions in the trilogue discussions, in particular those which took place on Monday are set out in Annex 1 (11561/13, 11546/13). The changes introduced amend or supplement the Presidency consolidated draft regulations of the CAP reform package:
- the regulation establishing rules for direct payments to farmers (Direct Payments Regulation) (10730/13);
- the regulation establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) (10784/13);
- the regulation on support for rural development (Rural Development Regulation) (11102/13);
- the regulation on the financing, management and monitoring of the CAP (Horizontal Regulation) (11082/13).
Furthermore, the main issues part of the adjusted revised mandate are detailed further in Annex 2 (11546/13 ADD 1, 2 and 3). It is to note that these issues will be addressed at a final trilogue to be held in Brussels on 26 June 2013 prior to European Parliament Agriculture Committee (COMAGRI) extraordinary meeting that day.
Tuesday June 25, 2013/ Council of the European Union.