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Future of the CAP

Developments in global agricultural markets and new European Union (EU) commitments on climate change and sustainable development mean the common agricultural policy needs to evolve yet again, to meet these continuing challenges.

On 29 November 2017, the European Commission presented a communication outlining ideas on the future of food and farming. The communication comes after a consultation on the future of the common agricultural policy (CAP) in order to better understand where the current policy can be simplified and modernised.

The future of food and farming

The communication proposes a number of changes to the CAP, focusing primarily on making it simpler and ensuring the best value-for-money. As well as outlining the priority areas that the future CAP must address, it also proposes a more flexible approach to implementing the policy in order to guarantee more effective results.


Next steps

  • budget proposals (Multiannual Financial Framework): May 2018
  • full legislative proposals on how concretely to meet the goals outlined in the communication (first half of 2018)

You can follow the all developements concerning this policy on DG AGRI's web site.


The communication and prior consultation process build on a number of steps taken in 2016, such as the Cork 2.0 declaration, the annual Outlook conference, the regular civil dialogue group on the CAP and the Agricultural Markets Taskforce (AMTF) report