Later today, a public consultation will take place on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), launched by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan.
Hogan is launching the consultation so that the CAP can be reviewed, and in turn, to ensure that future farmers will be able to ‘prepare themselves for market volatility rather than to seek emergency pay-outs from Brussels’, reports RTÉ.
Professional bodies, environmental organisations, and farmers are all invited to the event, and their views will be heard over the next three months. The main aim of the consultation will be to ‘modernise and simplify the CAP’.
New ways of assisting young entrants to farming will also be examined, as well as the ‘controversial police of greening’.
Current shifts in the global political situation mean that the EU budget has been under pressure for a while now to decrease. Because of the expected lack of funding in the future for farmers, the Commission wants farmers to be able to fend for themselves in the case of more crises and emergencies.
RTÉ has suggested that insurance policies for farmers may be recommended as a result of this review. This would leave responsibility off of the Commission to protect farmers in times of emergency.