The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is to be reformed by 2013. After public debates the Commission in 2010 presented a Communication “The CAP towards 2020”, which gives the outline for the future CAP. In 2011 the Commission presented a set of legal proposals designed to make the CAP more efficient and to promote a more competitive and sustainable agriculture – especially focusing on rural areas.
Some changes have been done to the CAP during the last years. Notablely the change in 2003 and with the Health Check in 2008 in order to modernize the sector and make it more market-oriented.
After the presentation of the legal proposals the discussion are now progressing in the European Parliament and the Council. Both should approve the different regulations and implementing acts. This is expected to happen by the end of 2013 and then that the CAP reform can be in place as from January 2014.
EFBA strongly supports the revision of the CAP to make it more sustainable in the future. Although the fur-farming sector is not impacted by the first pillar, the importance of reinforcing the second pillar is crucial. Rural development support to the Member-State level is of prime importance, especially in the area of animal-welfare improvements and related investments.