July 20, 2007
In November 2007, the European Commission is due to present its first ideas on what has been called the 2008 “health check” of the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP).
The phrase “health check” has been carefully chosen to prevent any fears that the Commission will start a new “review” of its most controversial policy area. According to CAP commissioner Fischer Boel, the main elements of the health check will be:
to look at how well the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) is working
to propose further moves towards more decoupling
to propose a higher level of compulsory modulation
to continue the work on cross-compliance
Say what? Maybe the Commission should start with a communication check of its farm policy first? Who the hell, except for some CAP experts and consultants, understands what all this lingo really means?
Having said this, this communication deficit of CAP is not the only problem. There is, of course, the scandal that the […]