CAP Reform 2014-2020

This year sees the end to the current phase of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), with a new re-vamped phase starting in January 2015. The reform is currently in the final stages with announcements made on the main changes but final details still to be designed. The final details need to be submitted to the EU by the 1st of August 2014.

Cap Reform - Implementation

On the 11th of June 2014 the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead announced his decisions on CAP implementation.

CAP implementation announcement

The Scottish Government have produced a number of guides which give more details on what they announcements mean for you.

An introduction to what it means to you

Pillar 1 - Direct Payments Guide

Pillar 2 - SRDP Guide

SCF's reaction to the announcement:

Crofters fear they are being sacrificed

CAP Reform - an explanation of the main elements

The Commission published proposals for Four basic European Parliament and Council regulations for the Common Agriculture Policy – i) on Direct Payments, ii) the Single Common Market Organisation (CMO), iii) Rural Development and, iv) a Horizontal Regulation for financing, managing and monitoring the CAP. In addition, there are 3 smaller regulations to address transition arrangements to the new rules. The package also contains: An Explanatory Memorandum; Citizens Summary; and Annexes linked with different aspects of the Impact Assessment.

Cap Reform Memo.Pdf

More Information

SCF's responses to the consultations please see:

Pillar 1 Response

Pillar 2 SRDP Response

Pillar Transfer Response

For more information on CAP reform please see the EU website