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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cohesion and agriculture policies have been discussed at the General Affair Council for the financial framework 2014 – 2020

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The General Affairs Council on 24 April 2012 focused on future expenditure about the common agricultural policy and the cohesion policy in the framework of the negotiations of the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020. These two policies are the most important and account together 70% budget of the European Union.

All the member states agreed that the MFF is a major tool for boosting growth and jobs in the EU, and that the necessary savings should be made in a balanced way. Some delegations suggested the savings should be made in all parts of the MFF, while others considered the amounts proposed for cohesion policy or agriculture as a bare minimum.

At the heart of the debate on agricultural policy were the rules for direct payments, including a question of whether to cap the support for the largest beneficiaries, and the "greening" of direct payments (for the environmentally-friendly measures).

In the coming weeks, the Danish presidency will present a comprehensive version, including own resources, of the "negotiating box" – the document that sets out all the negotiating issues and options and which will form the basis for the decision of the European Council later in the year.

Source :  European Union Council website


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